Presenters

Moshe Ariel Abel

Ariel is an Orthodox rabbi to two communities on Merseyside. Currently a law student, he teaches privately and fundraises for a Jewish special needs school in Manchester. He set up and directed the semicha programme for the Montefiore Endowment while a United Synagogue rabbi in London.

Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?
Sun 09:30: Transsex in the synagogue - an Orthodox view
Sun 12:10: Maqamat - singing the ancient music of Middle East and North African Jewry.
Tue 12:10: Anusim - returnees or candidates for conversion?
Tue 16:20: Scribal fever - have you ever fancied becoming a sofer?

Shulamit Abel

Shulamit is from an Anusim (crypto-Jewish) background. Born in Colombia, Shulamit has lived in England for over 20 years, traded with China and returned to open Jewish observance. She holds a first class degree from Manchester University in Chinese and Latin American studies and leads two synagogues.

Tue 12:10: Anusim - returnees or candidates for conversion?

Natan Abenaim

Natan is a business consultant and a rabbi. He graduated from École Centrale de Paris and Montefiore Kolel in London. He teaches in the beth hamidrash of the AIU, and the Institut Universitaire Rachi. Having researched in solar energy, he likes to shed new light on old problems.

Sun 22:15: Oral law, written law
Thu 09:30: Object of beauty, object of thought

Eli Abt

London architect and musician Eli speaks and writes on the Jewish arts. His presentations of medieval Europe's spectacular illuminated haggadot have delighted audiences on three continents for many years. This is the fourth time he speaks at Limmud Conference on this fascinating subject.

Tue 12:10: Subversion 14th century style - the Bird's Head Haggadah (1 of 2)
Wed 10:40: Drama 14th century style - the Barcelona Haggadah (2 of 2)

Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman has a PhD from Hebrew University, and an MA from MaTan in Jerusalem. She is assistant professor of Bible at Hebrew College in Boston. Her second book, 'The Female Ruse', has just been published (Sheffield, England). When not writing books, articles, or divrei Torah, it is poetry that flows from her pen.

Fri 21:00: Oneg Shabbat
Sun 17:40: From the cleft of the rock - the eclipse of God in the Bible and post-Holocaust theology
Sun 22:15: Gender bending in the stories of Joseph and Esther
Mon 14:50: Modelling the 21st century beit midrash
Mon 16:20: Abigail – woman of valour or woman of wile?
Tue 19:35: Jonah's magical mystery tour of the netherworld
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Hagai Agmon-Snir

Hagai has been the director of the Jerusalem Intercultural Center since its establishment in 1999. This JICC develops and implements models for making Jerusalem a culturally competent city for all its residents. It is expert in conflict management, dialogue, community development and activism.

Mon 09:20: Mount Zion – microcosm of the storm, key to its resolution?
Mon 16:20: [+]'Transit' (93 mins) and panel discussion
Tue 14:50: East Jerusalem – leave your politics at the door
Tue 16:20: Does Jerusalem work?
Tue 20:50: MiniActive - what good are we really doing?
Wed 18:55: Out of Africa, to Israel
Thu 10:45: Jews did what? - combating racism in Jerusalem

Luke Akehurst

Luke has been director of We Believe in Israel since 2011. WBII is a BICOM initiative and is a broad coalition of over 8,000 supporters of Israel. Luke is not Jewish, but has been a committed Zionist all his life.

Sun 13:30: Who is behind the boycotting and delegitimisation of Israel, and how can we combat them?
Mon 10:40: Using social media to advocate for Israel
Tue 13:30: Delegitimisation of Israel on campus and in academia: how to engage
Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?

Yasmeen Akhtar

Yasmeen oversees the Three Faiths Forum's programmes in schools and universities, including its leadership development and mentoring scheme ParliaMentors. She is from a British Pakistani background and closely involved with building capacity in faith communities.

Mon 12:10: The Arena @ Limmud

Geoffrey Alderman

Geoffrey Alderman is a historian (especially of the British Jewish community), academic and journalist. He writes a regular column for the Jewish Chronicle.

Mon 14:50: Is climate change a Jewish problem?

Ellen Allard

Ellen is an award winning recording artist, composer, performer and educator. With 30+ years in secular and Jewish music, she presents kids' and adult concerts, keynotes and workshops in the US and abroad. Her catalogue includes 14 recordings and 7 songbooks. Visit www.ellenallard.com for more info.

Fri 17:40: Family musical Shabbat singalong
Sat 10:00: Shabbat morning family service
Tue 14:50: Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it!

Liz Alpern

Liz is the co-owner of Brooklyn's Gefilteria, a new kind of Jewish food business. An experienced cook and event planner, she recently received her MBA from Baruch College. Her first cookbook, The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, will be published in autumn 2016.

Sun 17:40: Breathing new life into Ashkenazi cuisine
Mon 17:40: Ashkenazi cocktails 101
Tue 12:10: Pickling 101
Wed 10:40: Gefilte fish!

Sam Alston

Sam Alston is a youth worker for LJY-Netzer.

Tue 20:50: Jewish climate change action post Paris

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem teaches at Drisha Institute and at Yeshivat Maharat. She has a BA from Harvard University and is pursuing a PhD at NYU.

Sat 21:30: Beruriah - finding your place
Sun 13:30: Rabbi Yehuda haNasi and the cult of celebrity (1 of 2)
Sun 20:50: Am I my brother's keeper? A Jewish exploration of the bounds of responsibility
Mon 10:40: Rabbi Yehuda haNasi and the cult of celebrity (2 of 2)
Tue 19:35: [+]'Orthodox' (93 mins)
Wed 22:15: Tuesday the rabbi went transparent - TV scenes from the Talmud

Daniel Anderson

Daniel is a creative thinker and educator who attended Yeshivat Darché Noam. He presents and facilitates thought-provoking lectures, discussions and workshops. A past conference programming chair, Daniel is also cabinet member for environment at the London Borough of Enfield.

Tue 20:50: Can we use medical research obtained unethically?
Wed 19:35: Was Abraham the first jihadist?

Viv Anstey

Viv is on the executive of the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies, and is director of the Midrasha Adult Education Institute. She is a founding member of Limmud South Africa and is a strategic consultant to Jewish organisations. She is passionate about Jewish education and social justice.

Sun 12:10: Unpacking ethics - a textual experience
Wed 12:10: Limmud and Shabbat

Jonathan Ariel

Jonny is Executive Director of Makom: Israel education lab of the Jewish Agency, incubating ideas and training leaders to embrace the vibrant complexity of Israel and of the Jewish people. Born in the UK and living in Israel, he lectures and writes in contemporary Jewry and experiential education.

Mon 16:20: JDOV talks (1 of 3)
Tue 10:40: What should the Jewish people, as a people, do next?
Tue 17:40: Cows and bees - asking fundamental questions about milk and honey
Wed 19:35: Rights, rules, responsibilities - critical loyalty in times of change

Allan Arkush

Allan is professor of Judaic studies and history at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is also the senior contributing editor of the Jewish Review of Books, and the author of 'Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment'.

Mon 10:40: American Jewish baby boomers and the State of Israel
Mon 20:50: Maimonides, gentiles, and the world-to-come
Tue 09:20: Palestine or Uganda?
Wed 09:20: Voltaire on Judaism and Christianity

Andi Arnovitz

Andi Arnovitz is a Jerusalem-based conceptual artist making installations, prints, books and sculpture. She creates art that addresses issues of places where gender, politics and religion meet. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in many museum, university and private collections.

Sun 17:40: Inconvenient realities, artistic protests
Mon 13:30: Creating a personal legacy and a paper trail - the art of journaling
Tue 10:40: The New Venice Haggadah
Tue 17:40: Creating a personal legacy and a paper trail - the art of journaling
Wed 09:20: People of the book/artist books

Anthony Ashworth-Steen

Anthony is director of informal education and Israel engagement at UJIA. Previously, he spent three years as UJIA JAMS education manager, and is an experienced informal Jewish educator with a long history in the youth movement world.

Sun 17:40: Protest as history - Israeli society through its dissenting voices, 1951-1995 (1 of 2)
Sun 19:35: Young Jews and the state of the State of Israel
Mon 16:20: Protest as history - Israeli society through its dissenting voices, 1995-2015 (2 of 2)

Sara Averick

Sara is the Limmud media liaison. She heads Jerusalem-based strategic communications firm Lead Story Plus, representing organisations that advance Israel and enhance the Jewish world. A former research director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington DC, and Jerusalem Report editor, she lectures at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Tue 16:20: Media for your Limmud - ask the insiders

Caroline Avery

Caroline is an MA student at the University of Leeds. She is a keen Limmudnik and quidditch player, as well as being a firm supporter of equilineality.

Fri 17:40: Equilineality - challenging Jewish descent laws

Toby Anne Axelrod

Toby is a longtime correspondent for Jewish Telegraphic Agency and for the Jewish Chronicle, and is based in Berlin. She is also a professional translator, as well as academic director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Mon 12:10: Why your Limmud needs a board (in addition to an event team)
Tue 10:40: The international media and Israel - getting (or distorting) the story?

Diane Barnett

A barrister in field of children's law for 23 years, she recently completed a part-time Master of Research course in Jewish history and culture at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, under the auspices of Southampton University.

Tue 14:50: Aristides de Sousa Mendes - is he the most important person that we have never heard of?

Lisa Barrett

Lisa trained in spiritual direction on the Lev Shomea programme at Isabella Freedman, and at the ecumenical London Centre for Spirituality. She is part of the rabbinic team at Hendon Reform Synagogue, where she leads Neshamah, a monthly Shabbat morning contemplative service.

Mon 09:20: Introduction to Jewish spiritual direction
Mon 13:30: It's All in the Breath – Jewish Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement.
Wed 08:00: Contemplative shacharit

Tanya Barth

Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales

David Bash

David is a Jewish and interfaith storyteller. He is also a dyslexia tutor/assessor. He is a founder member of the London-based interfaith group, COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims).

Mon 14:50: COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims) - reaching across a divide

Josh Baum

Born in London, studied painting at Masana school in Barcelona. Lived and worked as an artist in Sfat where he painted the Abuhav synagogue. Trained to be a Torah Scribe in Jerusalem. Studied MA in fine art at Central Saint Martins in London.

Sun 18:55: Becoming a scribe - for beginners
Mon 09:20: [+]Painting letters on silk
Mon 17:40: An imaginary lecture
Tue 10:40: The New Venice Haggadah
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Tue 16:20: JDOV talks (2 of 3)

Mordechai Beck

Mordechai studied at art school, yeshiva and university - all in London. Arrived in Israel in 1973. In Israel he's known as a teacher, writer and musician; in the UK, he's known for writing in the Jewish Chronicle, the Guardian, etc; in the USA he's known as an artist. His work is published in all three continents.

Fri 13:30: A Shabbat song of the Ari of Safad
Fri 21:00: What the Book of Nehemia tells us about our economic woes
Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Sun 13:30: Solomon's demons, and the true history of Phallustine
Tue 12:10: "They say the women are worse ..." (1 of 2)
Wed 12:10: "... but the men are not much better ..." (2 of 2)

Pnina Beck

Born and brought up in Jaffa, Pnina graduated from Tel Aviv university with a degree in comparative literature, and later gained a masters in communications at the Hebrew University. She taught high school literature and has recently retired, which has given her more time with her family; she hopes to publish a book of poems.

Sat 14:45: Hebrew poems that became popular songs
Mon 18:55: Hebrew poetry into song
Tue 16:20: Hebrew poems turned into well-known Israeli songs

Aryeh ben David

Aryeh moved to Israel in 1987. He taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years, as director of spiritual education. In 2008 he founded Ayeka: Center for Soulful Education. Ayeka trains educators in its unique method - bringing Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts and souls, and into our lives.

Mon 12:10: Innovation, complication and diversification - Judaisms in Israel today
Mon 13:30: Becoming a soulful parent
Tue 20:50: Becoming a soulful educator - part 1 (1 of 3)
Wed 17:40: Becoming a soulful educator - part 2 (2 of 3)
Thu 12:00: Becoming a soulful educator - part 3 (3 of 3)

Jonny Benjamin

About to jump from Waterloo Bridge in 2008, Jonny was talked down by a stranger. Determined to find him again and thank him, he launched the #FindMike campaign, a story told in the documentary 'Finding Mike'.

Tue 12:10: 'Finding Mike' (42 mins) and discussion

David Benkof

David Benkof has taught and published widely about Jewish history, Hebrew grammar, homosexuality, and contemporary Jewish life. President of the DAGESH Hebrew Language Project. A crossword constructor, polyglot, entrepreneurial philanthropist, and trivia buff, this is his first Limmud UK Conference.

Sat 20:15: What is the theme of the Book of Genesis?
Sun 12:10: Hebrew for grammar nerds
Mon 10:40: Chiasms - the Bible’s dazzling literary structure

Sarah Benor

Sarah Bunin Benor is associate professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She is the author of 'Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism', and creator of the 'Jewish English Lexicon'. Her next book will focus on Jewish summer camps.

Mon 10:40: Yiddish, Ladino, and Jewish English - do American Jews speak a Jewish language?
Mon 12:10: Mensch, bentsh, and balagan - language as a marker of Jewish identity
Tue 16:20: Becoming frum - how newcomers learn the language and culture of Orthodox Judaism
Tue 19:35: [+]'Orthodox' (93 mins)
Wed 13:30: Hebrew at American Jewish summer camps - ethnolinguistic infusion

Lee Benson

Lee was born to be creative, but took a few years to understand that. Composer and pianist in a jazz blues free style, children's author, mentor and poet photographer and all round creative. Appearances on TV and radio shows. Music is the language of the world. He loves to talk musically.

Tue 14:50: Improvisation concert

Michele Benson

Michele has interacted with clients of all ages in the public sector. She volunteers for tenants and a Jewish school, and organises events for middle-aged singles at Limmud and for the frum 'fifty plus' branch of North West Jewish Singles (www.nwjs.org.uk).

Sun 19:35: Mind Trap - a convivial game

Claire Berliner

Claire is an arts and culture programmer at JW3, London's Jewish arts and community centre. She is also a writer, puppet-maker and freelance literature event programmer.

Wed 19:35: Misogynist film club - this time it's personal

Robby Berman

He has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Baruch College, and a BA from Yeshiva University, Gruss Kollel & Yeshivat Hakotel. He's a freelance journalist and has published in New York Magazine, Haaretz, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Report, among other titles. He is founder and director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.

Tue 16:20: Organ donation and brain death in halacha

David Bilchitz

David is a professor of fundamental rights at the University of Johannesburg. He is chair of Limmud International, and a founder of Limmud South Africa. He also founded Jewish OutLook: SA Jewish LGBTI Alliance, heads Jewish Identity at Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue and teaches Melton.

Sun 10:50: Angels in America - fusing Jewish and gay identities?
Sun 12:10: Unpacking ethics - a textual experience
Sun 16:20: [+]'Oriented' (140 mins) and panel discussion

Gabrielle Birkner

Gabrielle oversees editorial operations at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. She is also the co-founder of Modern Loss, an online magazine about grief and loss. Previously, she served as director of digital media at the Forward, where she founded the popular women’s issues blog, The Sisterhood. She lives in New York City with her family.

Sun 18:55: Modern loss - grieving online
Mon 16:20: Owning your story
Tue 10:40: The international media and Israel - getting (or distorting) the story?
Wed 13:30: Jewish journalism - challenges and opportunities in the digital era

Tikva Blaukopf

Tikva is a writer and educator, translating concepts and cultures. She's delighted to be part of resettling Israel's capital, where she works to share Limmud and the whole tapestry of diaspora Jewry with Israelis. She enjoys romping in Jewish and classical sources, meeting words - especially people.

Sat 11:30: Parshat Vayechi - four challenges, one hour
Sat 21:30: Sermon slam! Longing and belonging
Sun 13:30: Split ends - the differential of hair (the long and short)
Mon 09:20: Moshe and the Mobius strip
Tue 20:50: Split ends - the differential of hair (in style)

Deborah Blausten

Deborah is co-chair of the programming team for Limmud Conference 2015, and a rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. She has a masters in education and technology from University College London, and enjoys running, hiking and anything by Aaron Sorkin.

Wed 12:10: Jewish themes in the West Wing
Thu 09:30: Meet the programming chairs!

Adam Blitz

Adam is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London and former Fulbright scholar. He writes on cultural heritage and its demise, and maintains a blog http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/adam-blitz/ He is a member of PEN International.

Sun 09:30: What's left of Syria's Jewish monuments and heritage?

Ian Bloom

Nowadays, Ian is a legal consigliere. In former lives, he was a publisher, writer and solicitor. He has written for various newspapers including the 'Jewish Chronicle' and 'Jewish News' and broadcasts on media law topics for radio station LBC. His autobiography 'Declaring an Interest' will be published in 2016.

Sun 19:35: The last Jew in the Tower

Shoshana Bloom

Shoshana challenges concepts of disability in the Jewish community, empowering people with learning disabilities to become active, contributing members of British-Jewry. A passionate Limmudnik, a Schusterman ROIer and a Paideia alumna, she’s co-chaired Conference twice, is on the Limmud UK Exec and created Limmud L’Am.

Tue 13:30: [+]'Watch' (21 mins) / 'Next to Her' (90 mins) and discussions
Wed 14:50: Balancing skills and experience within Limmud teams

Rex Bloomstein

Three major themes have dominated the work of documentary filmmaker, Rex Bloomstein – the Holocaust, human rights, and crime and punishment. His films include ‘Auschwitz And The Allies’, 'The Longest Hatred’, and ‘KZ’ described as the first ‘post-modern’ Holocaust documentary.

Sun 19:35: [+]Film and memory in the shadow of the Shoah

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie is an American born Israeli journalist. Previously an editor at the Jerusalem Post, she is a columnist for Israel Hayom and The Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently, of 'To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama and the 'Arab Spring'.'

Sun 17:40: Are two states feasible?
Sun 20:50: Antisemitism and aliyah
Mon 10:40: Is Israel's political system broken?
Mon 17:40: The 'knife intifada' - how it started and where it's headed
Wed 09:20: US-Israel relations in the wake of the Iran deal and ahead of the presidential election

Samuel Bodansky

Samuel studies mathematics at St Peter's College, University of Oxford. He recently returned from a gap year in Israel, where he worked on a kibbutz. His sessions are known for being quirky and unusual, and he looks forward to meeting you this winter!

Sun 16:20: Israeli music chillout
Wed 16:20: Living on a kibbutz - presentation and game show

Daisy Bogod

Bogeret of LJY-Netzer and passionate Liberal Jew, studying English literature at the University of Leeds, interested in mental health, Israel-Palestine and the relationship between prayer and social action. Lover of feminism and young people changing the world.

Wed 16:20: Yachad youth - our experiences in the West Bank

Amanda Borschel-Dan

Amanda is the Jewish world editor at The Times of Israel, a position she exploits to satisfy her curiosity, through writing, on topics from a Jewish take on transgender children to seeds of religious revolution among Israel's Orthodox Jews.

Mon 12:10: Seeds of revolution
Tue 17:40: Relatively faithful
Wed 13:30: Does pikuach nefesh extend to medical intervention for transgender children?

Barbara Borts

Barbara has a BA from University of California at Berkeley,and an MA from McGill University. She was ordained in 1981 at Leo Baeck College and recently completed a PhD at Durham University. She is currently working on publishing her thesis and studying to be a cantor.

Sun 19:35: 'Women in the pulpit' - a collection of sermons
Wed 16:20: Mouths filled with song - British Reform through the lens of its music – an ethnographic and historical exploration.

Jonathan Boyd

Jonathan is executive director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, and a specialist in modern Jewish history and contemporary British and European Jewish life. A former Mandel Jerusalem fellow with a doctorate in education, his work spans sociology, demography and Jewish education.

Sun 16:20: Why the future is haredi ... and why it might not be
Mon 10:40: Is Limmud the answer?
Mon 17:40: How bad is it? What’s really going on with antisemitism in Europe?
Tue 19:35: What future for European Jews in the face of rising antisemitism?
Wed 12:10: Ten things you need to know about the future of British Jewish life

Jeremie Bracka

Jeremie is an Australian/Israeli human rights lawyer, actor and satirist. He worked with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and trained at Australia's National Theatre. He is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University and visiting scholar in international law at Tel Aviv University.

Mon 22:15: 'Thank-you for flying Hell-Al' It's not just an airline, it's a non-stop comedy
Wed 13:30: An ear for an ear - conceptualising an Israeli-Palestinian truth commission

Jane Braden-Golay

Jane is the former president of the European Union of Jewish Students and recipient of the 2015 Human Rights First Award for her work combatting antisemitism in Europe. She is currently a student at the University of Cambridge, researching educational methods for the prevention of extremism.

Mon 10:40: [+]'Calais - The Last Border' (59 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 20:50: Building alliances - what can Jews, Roma and Armenians achieve together?
Tue 19:35: What future for European Jews in the face of rising antisemitism?

Hannah Brady

Hannah is UJS president for 2015-16. As a student, she created Rethink2014, a social media response to Israeli Apartheid Week, and founded the UJS Disabled Students’ Network, creating programmes to enhance accessibility in student Jewish communities. She loves feminism, food and identity politics!

Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Sun 13:30: Can we ever be #LabelFree?
Mon 22:15: Black/White/Jewish? Blackface, identity and jazz-age Jews
Tue 09:20: Confronting antisemitic protests and discourse: Golders Green Together onwards
Tue 13:30: Delegitimisation of Israel on campus and in academia: how to engage

Amy Braier

As director of Pears Foundation, Amy has been responsible for building the Foundation's professional infrastructure and has worked with many organisations across the voluntary sector, from grassroots start-ups to major institutions. She is a former trustee of Limmud and Holocaust Memorial Day.

Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?

Micheline Brannan

Micheline worked for 30 years in the Scottish government on issues that included state-faith relations and equality. She was instrumental in ensuring that Holocaust Memorial Day was marked distinctively in Scotland from its outset in 2001. Council member of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

Tue 09:20: What does devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland really mean for the Jewish community?

Fiona Brodie

For many years Fiona has volunteered and worked for the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in a variety of roles, including cataloguing the collections, guiding visitors, facilitating researchers and training volunteers. She's actively involved in the Glasgow Jewish community, particularly Limmud Scotland.

Wed 10:40: Jewish Glasgow - picturing a community

Howard Brodie

A Limmud Scotland stalwart, and well known Glasgow Jewish community volunteer, Howard also works as a guide and committee member for the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, where his main interests include the history of the Glasgow Jewish community and Scottish Jewish Community Theatre.

Wed 10:40: Jewish Glasgow - picturing a community

Robert Brody

Robert has conducted shul services and sung in concerts throughout the UK and at worldwide venues. He has recorded with the Zemel Choir, BBC Singers, Jewish Male Choir and for BBC radio and television in their programme on the music of Terezin.

Wed 14:50: The music of Terezin

Andree Brooks

Andrée Aelion Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer, formerly a contributing columnist for the New York Times, and an associate fellow of Yale University. She has written award-winning books and a children’s programme in Sephardic history.

Tue 10:40: The amazing life of Dona Gracia Nasi
Wed 13:30: Jewish pirates of the Caribbean
Thu 10:45: Out of Spain

Mekella Broomberg

Mekella is a writer and producer. She is currently the head of arts and culture at JW3, London's Jewish arts and community centre.

Wed 13:30: What does the F-word mean to you?
Wed 19:35: Misogynist film club - this time it's personal

Sharon Brous

Sharon is founding rabbi of IKAR, a thriving Jewish community that stands at the intersection of soulful, inventive spiritual and religious practice and a deep commitment to social justice. She lives in LA with her husband David and three children.

Mon 17:40: Reclaiming the essence
Tue 10:40: What should the Jewish people, as a people, do next?
Tue 20:50: The virtue of dis/unity - how big is the Jewish tent?
Wed 09:20: Excavate, regenerate, radiate
Wed 16:20: JDOV talks (3 of 3)

Dan Brown

Founder of the web-based publication eJewishPhilanthropy.com, Dan is an experienced marketing professional, long active in the Jewish communal world. He is a member of the international steering committee of Limmud FSU.

Sun 16:20: Trends in American philanthropy
Mon 17:40: Trends in Israeli philanthropy

Debra Brunner

Debra is dedicated to working closely with communities in the Former Soviet Union, helping them better understand how they can develop from within. She is the founder and director of The Together Plan, a charity in action working together with communities for a self-sustainable future.

Tue 18:55: Young adults finding their Jewish lives through social action in Belarus
Wed 10:40: Life after death - through the lost Brest-Litovsk Jewish cemetery in Belarus

Libby Burkeman

Libby is informal education director at the Movement for Reform Judaism, working with RSY-Netzer, Jeneration students and young adults. She has carved out a career in informal education, including working at the Science Museum and Tzedek, all originally inspired by growing up in RSY-Netzer!

Wed 23:50: What is the score? Soundtracks from every dor (generation)

Leah Burman

Leah is a chartered educational psychologist and member of a second generation group. Relevant involvements include presentations to school children and adults, second generation representative at intergenerational conferences, keynote speaker in 2014 at Oldham’s Holocaust Memorial Day event.

Sun 13:30: [+]'The Flat' (97 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 09:20: Second generation (2G) Holocaust survivors - surviving the first generation

Georgina Bye

Georgina is the leadership and training director for UJS. She works to train staff and students with a focus on creating inclusive community, as well as interfaith and Holocaust education. In her spare time she lives in Moishe House London, building community for and with Jewish young adults.

Sun 13:30: Can we ever be #LabelFree?
Sun 14:50: These (of Hillel) and those (of Shammai) are both the living words of God
Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales

Cafe Shahor Hazak

A popular Israeli hip hop group - with cousins Uri and Ilak from Netanya, and DJ Moshik. The group aims to create soulful and hopeful music that has no colour and no boundaries. They have toured across Israel at clubs, community centres, events and festivals, creating a sensation everywhere they go.

Mon 16:20: Café Shahor Hazak – up close and personal
Tue 22:15: Café Shahor Hazak – in concert

Michael Capek

Michael Capek has been a GP in South Manchester for 30 years. He has a masters degree in health psychology, provides clinical advice to the local primary care mental health teams and has a practice in hypnotherapy. He is advisor to various health authorities on matters of quality and mental health.

Fri 21:00: The Shema - a blueprint for mental health?

Graham Carpenter

Graham is the coordinator of the young adult social action community for the New Israel Fund. Previously an LJY-Netzer movement worker, he is an experienced song and service leader, teacher at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, board member for Liberal Judaism, and is passionate about new digital media.

Sun 22:15: Indoor campfire song session!
Tue 16:20: Now hear this mixture, where hip hop meets scripture.
Thu 12:00: To boldly go? - the next generation of UK-Israel activism

Nick Cassenbaum

Nick is a storyteller, street performer and theatre maker. He has an MA from Goldsmiths in writing for performance, and is a graduate of the Royal Court young writers programme. He writes plays, makes and performs solo work, creates street performances and broadcasts podcasts for the Guardian newspaper.

Tue 17:40: Dipping into the schvitz

Ellie Chester

Ellie was a Jewish woman officer in the British Forces and today represents the Jewish Committee for HM Forces on the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She has spoken candidly to many audiences about her career as a Jewish woman in the RAF.

Mon 13:30: My life as a Jewish woman officer in the British armed forces

Annabel Cohen

Annie grew up in a Reform Jewish community, and has always been inspired by progressive and feminist approaches to Judaism. She is studying history and Yiddish, and is an active organiser of events and campaigns with Jewdas.

Wed 18:55: Birthwrong - so wrong it's right

Ayelet Cohen

Ayelet is director of the Center for Jewish Living and The David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at JCC Manhattan. She is author of 'Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the First Forty Years', and is co-chair of T'ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

Sun 19:35: We were strangers too - the Jewish obligation towards refugees
Mon 10:40: New paradigms of prayer - LGBTQ liturgy and rituals (1 of 3)
Mon 17:40: Changing lives, making history - 40 years of LGBT Jewish life in New York City
Tue 09:20: How to talk about Israel in mixed company
Tue 13:30: New paradigms of prayer - LGBTQ liturgy and rituals (2 of 3)
Wed 10:40: New paradigms of prayer - LGBTQ liturgy and rituals (3 of 3)

Boaz Cohen

Boaz is an historian, and head of the Holocaust studies programme at Western Galilee College, Akko. He's also a lecturer at Shaanan College, Haifa. He focuses on the development of Holocaust memory and research in a social and cultural context, Jewish and Israeli post-Holocaust society and religious public and military service.

Sun 20:50: The Hesder yeshiva revolution and the birth of a new Israeli elite
Mon 18:55: Rabbi Kook for the WW1 centenary
Tue 20:50: Too much Holocaust? On the dilemmas of teaching Holocaust studies in today's Israel

Hayden Cohen

Hayden is still a twentysomething writer, performer and educator. He likes Jewish food, Jewish music and Jewish broiguses. He hates stereotypes.

Mon 09:20: Limmud breakfast show (1 of 2)
Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Wed 09:20: Limmud breakfast show (2 of 2)

Paul Cohen

Paul B. Cohen holds degrees from the University of Leeds, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California. Formerly a playwright and theatre critic, he now teaches at A level and writes fiction. His tale ‘Lecha Dodi’ won the 2014 Moment-Karma Foundation Short Story Contest

Mon 19:35: Writing the Jewish short story (1 of 3)
Tue 19:35: Writing the Jewish short story (2 of 3)
Wed 19:35: Writing the Jewish short story (3 of 3)

Ann Conway-Jones

Ann is a scholar of early Jewish-Christian relations, specialising in biblical interpretation and the beginnings of mysticism. She has been involved in interfaith dialogue in Birmingham for thirty years, and is joint honorary secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews.

Mon 12:10: Faith and friendship in multi-faith Birmingham - a model for the world

Leon Covitz

Leon is from Glasgow and is the dean of Jewish life at American Hebrew Academy. He was a dairy farmer on Kibbutz Ma'alei Gilboa, has a BA from Jews College and an MA from Siegal College, Cleveland. He's been involved in Jewish/Israel settings for more than thirty years in the UK, Israel and the US.

Sun 17:40: Living in a pluralistic international Jewish boarding school
Wed 09:20: Machloket - getting over, and sometimes living with, the oy gevalt in an interactive Jewish community
Wed 19:35: What's in the teenage mind? - their needs and wants

Rachel Creeger

Rachel is a playwright and theatre director, specialising in new writing and comedy. She runs a monthly gig Upstairs at the Adam & Eve! and helps writer/performers to develop their material or to act. As Time2Shine Productions, Rachel delivers workshops to schools, charities and community groups.

Mon 10:40: Character, scene and story surgery
Tue 13:30: Extracts from 'Our Still Waters' - a new play by Rachel Creeger (1 of 2)
Tue 17:40: 'Our Still Waters' - the research that made a splash (2 of 2)

Benjamin Crowne

Ben lives in London, when he teaches sporadically on the unusual, obscure and overlooked. He has been a Limmud volunteer in many roles and is currently responsible for publications.

Mon 17:40: Three Jews who made the Modern World - Marx (1 of 3)
Tue 14:50: Three Jews who made the Modern World - Freud (2 of 3)
Wed 18:55: Three Jews who made the Modern World - Einstein (3 of 3)

Tilla Crowne

An artist working with organic and living materials, Tilla's work often incorporates plants, insects and fungus into exhibits that change over time. Dealing with themes of memory, identity and childhood trauma, Tilla is also interested in the history of ideas and how these shape the modern world.

Mon 12:10: The angst and the ecstasy
Mon 14:50: The wretched, the wicked, the weak - what are the worst portrayals of women in the Bible and can these readings be challenged?
Mon 20:50: The texts that inspire us

Jeremy Dable

Jeremy is a barrister who took up mediation, and loved it so much that he's branching out into other avenues of peace-making. He does intense interfaith, and is studying for a masters in conflict resolution and peace studies at Lancaster University. Next stop - world peace.

Mon 10:40: [+]'Calais - The Last Border' (59 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 20:50: Refugees, rascals and radicalisation
Wed 16:20: Are there winners and losers in interfaith ?

Alison Dagul

BRCA carrier, BRCA sufferer, BRCA fighter, BRCA campaigner. She thought she had the perfect life. She didn't know about BRCA, or how prevalent it is in the Jewish community, or that it can be inherited from a man. She wants to help raise awareness and encourage testing.

Mon 12:10: We need to talk about BRCA (panel)

Rebecca Daniels

Rebecca is the youth and student outreach worker at Yachad. With an MAin museum and gallery education, and a background in working in alternativeeducation, her desire to work to support a peaceful outcome to the conflict was solidified while living in Israel and volunteering in the field.

Wed 14:50: Panel discussion - Susiya; where my Jewish values were questioned
Wed 16:20: Yachad youth - our experiences in the West Bank

Darshan

Darshan is a unique collaboration between singer/songwriter Shir Yaakov and neo-hasidic rapper Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) that weaves together ancient Jewish teaching and tradition with contemporary creative process in a form of musical midrash and rap-inflected pietistic poetry.

Tue 20:50: Darshan live

Aviva Dautch

Aviva Dautch is poet in residence at the Jewish Museum. She teaches English literature and creative writing at the British Library and at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she has recently completed a PhD in contemporary poetics. Her poems, reviews and literary essays are widely published.

Fri 21:00: Oneg Shabbat
Sun 13:30: Jews, Magna Carta and the Human Rights Act
Sun 14:50: Limmud book club - Franz Kafka’s 'The Metamorphosis' (1 of 4)
Mon 14:50: Limmud book club - Eva Hoffman’s 'Lost in Translation' (2 of 4)
Mon 18:55: People of the book
Tue 10:40: Blood ties - the Jewish family in art and literature
Tue 14:50: Limmud book club - Deborah Levy’s 'Swimming Home' (3 of 4)
Tue 17:40: In conversation with Eva Hoffman
Wed 14:50: Limmud book club - Howard Jacobson’s 'J' (4 of 4)
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Shay Davidovich

I grew up in the Ariel Settlement and was drafted as an IDF soldier in field intelligence. I joined Breaking the Silence as a way of exposing the realities faced by an Israeli soldier in the occupied territories. I have an MA in diplomacy, specialising in conflict resolution.

Sun 16:20: [+]Pushing our red-lines - this is how we fought in Gaza 2014
Mon 17:40: Breaking the silence - a soldier serving in the occupied territories talks about his experiences
Tue 17:40: Are the burdens on an IDF soldier too great?
Wed 14:50: Panel discussion - Susiya; where my Jewish values were questioned

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor indulges her fascination with Jewish texts and women by leading a regular Rosh Hodesh study group on biblical women. Originally from Gloucestershire, she now lives in Edgware with her husband Robert, a singer.

Sun 13:30: To keep her love alive - Michal before she was famous
Tue 09:20: Vashti unveiled - the power of saying no

Rosella de Jong

Rosella has finished an MA in psychoanalytic studies. She concentrated on Freud's relationship with religion and the father figure. Prior to this, she received a degree in film and TV studies (media and culture) and Italian Literature. She works as a Dutch language and literature teacher in London.

Mon 13:30: Sigmund Shlomo Freud – a self-named infidel Jew
Tue 12:10: Nobel prize for literature - too Jewish?
Wed 13:30: [+]'Look at us now, Mother' (86 mins) and panel discussion.

Sergio Della Pergola

Sergio is at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is former chairman, and professor emeritus at the Hebrew University’s Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. He has held the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations. He's an internationally known specialist on the demography of world Jewry.

Sun 17:40: Are two states feasible?
Sun 19:35: Israel and Palestine - the demography of conflict
Mon 14:50: 2048 - the state of Israel at 100
Tue 10:40: World Jewry - demographic continuity and change
Tue 16:20: Does Jerusalem work?
Tue 22:15: The Jews of Italy - 2000 years and still here
Wed 14:50: Jews in Europe - thriving or in decline?

Abigail Dolan

Abigail's career combines worldwide performances as a flautist with roles in arts administration, and research into musical performance. She is artistic director at Clare Hall, Cambridge, coordinator of Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies, and co-director of the Symphonova Project.

Sun 20:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (1 of 5)
Mon 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (2 of 5)
Mon 14:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (3 of 5)
Tue 12:10: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (4 of 5)
Tue 17:40: A recital for flute and piano
Wed 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (5 of 5)
Wed 14:50: The Limmud Orchestra performance

David Dolan

Concert pianist, researcher and teacher, David devotes part of his career to the revival of the lost art of classical improvisation and its various applications in musical performance. He is head of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Menuhin School.

Tue 17:40: A recital for flute and piano
Wed 10:40: Recital and presentation - music making as praying together

Rebecca Dolgoy

Rebecca is a theoretician and practitioner of cultural memory. She explores narratives in built cultural places and urban space. Her doctoral project wrestled with the idea of ‘world’ in post-20th century Berlin museum, and her current work investigates the idea of ‘home’ in contemporary Canada.

Sun 12:10: Beyond voids and rupture - Berlin museums in the early 21st century
Mon 20:50: Museum of Us
Tue 16:20: [+]'Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz' - telling the stories of the Shoah through film and art
Wed 13:30: Museum of Us

Max Donen

A keen acting enthusiast, Max has been involved in several music videos and is part of the Maccabi improvised comedy group. He has led several improv sessions, journeying through the bizarre and the wacky, rarely having much idea of what the ending will be. And that, he says, is the best bit.

Sun 14:50: Improvised comedy - with several twists

Yoram Dori

Dori served as spokesman for the Jewish Agency and the Israeli Labor Party. He was the spokesman of the World Restitution Organization andwas a senior adviser to Shimon Peres from 1990 (as foreign minister, vice prime minister, head of opposition and president).

Tue 12:10: Israel and its neighbours

Barbara Dresner

Barbara’s father was a kindertransport refugee from Leipzig. A founder editor of UK's Second Generation Voices newsletter, she is a retired Association of Jewish Refugees northern region social worker, and has facilitated a discussion group for second and third generations for ten years.

Mon 14:50: Generation to generation - a discussion group (1 of 2)
Wed 19:35: Generation to generation - a discussion group (2 of 2)

Stewart Dresner

Stewart has written on data protection and privacy since 1975. He established the publication Privacy Laws & Business in 1987, starting with a newsletter, and now covering more than 120 countries. With clients in more than 50 countries, PL&B services now include events, training and the PL&B UK Report. He has given presentations in over 20 countries.

Sun 18:55: Privacy rights in Jewish law and modern Israel

Anna Dyson

Born and bred in North London, she's now a true Yorkshire lass, having lived in Leeds for 13 years. Very involved in the Jewish community, passionate about tikkun olam, and now a social entrepreneur, having set up a community cafe in a super-diverse part of Leeds, using intercepted waste food.

Tue 13:30: Three women walk into a cafe - one Muslim, one Christian, one Jew ... it's no joke
Tue 17:40: Creating a home for those who are yet to find theirs yet; the ToastLoveCoffee story

Miriam Edelman

An organisational psychologist and management consultant, Miriam teaches tikkun olam to rabbis at Leo Baeck, and Jewish ethics at Wimbledon cheder. A fully bilingual American, who’s lived in London since 1994, and a Limmud volunteer for nearly as long, Miriam coordinates Conference’s tzedakah project.

Sun 14:50: The wrong kind of maror and matzah ball wars - food, memory, community, and Wimshul Cooks
Mon 18:55: Congregational social justice (1 of 2)
Wed 14:50: Congregational social justice - forum for congregational activists (2 of 2)

Simon Eder

Simon has a diverse Jewish background - growing up in the Masorti movement with eclectic outside influences including Chabad, Jewish Renewal and a stint at Yeshivat Hamivtar. He is a founder of the Jewish community in Dubai, and he studied theology at the University of Cambridge.

Wed 10:40: Should we still have reason to believe? Are Rabbi Jacobs works relevant today?

Noah Efron

Noah chairs the programme on science, technology and society at Bar Ilan University and hosts 'The Promised Podcast' on TLV1. He served on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council. He’s written three books and many essays on the intertwine of knowledge, religion and politics. Regrettably, he is not Nora Ephron.

Sun 20:50: A dozen good reasons to believe in Israel's future
Mon 13:30: Why Jews won so many Nobel prizes in the past (and why we might not in the future)
Tue 10:40: What should the Jewish people, as a people, do next?
Tue 14:50: The Promised Podcast - live from Limmud!
Wed 13:30: Technology and the Jewish question

Miri Eisen

Miri served in Israeli intelligence, retired at the rank of colonel in 2004, and was the Israeli prime minister's international media advisor in 2006-07. She teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, is a fellow at Bar Ilan University International Communication Center, and is an associate at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism.

Mon 16:20: Upheaval in the Middle East – a view from Israel
Mon 20:50: The Syrian civil war – local, regional and global implications
Tue 10:40: Jerusalem of gold – and of geopolitics
Tue 12:10: Israel and its neighbours
Tue 17:40: Are the burdens on an IDF soldier too great?
Wed 09:20: The summer of 2014 – a tale of three wars

Aryeh Eisenberg

Aryeh Eisenberg is the chief executive and general manager of Bonim B'Yachad, an organisation that creates online learning programmes for Jewish schools. He has spent his career working with schools and educators using technology as a learning tool. Aryeh lives with his wife and two children in Modi’in.

Mon 20:50: Choosing the best online programmes for your students
Tue 18:55: Getting the most from your learning management system

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the director of education North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She has Orthodox ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, and a law degree from Bar Ilan. She has four great loves: teaching Talmud, Pardes, the Muppets, and Limmud! This is her 20th Limmud event.

Sat 14:45: Between the strong of Israel and the pious of Babylonia - rabbinic tales of strength
Sun 20:50: Am I my brother's keeper? A Jewish exploration of the bounds of responsibility
Mon 10:40: I’ll be watching you - rabbinic tales of self: The rabbis get self-conscious (1 of 4)
Mon 16:20: JDOV talks (1 of 3)
Mon 18:55: People of the book
Mon 20:50: The texts that inspire us
Tue 10:40: I’ll be watching you - rabbinic tales of self: The rabbis get self-critical (2 of 4)
Tue 16:20: Who's afraid of Jewish feminists?
Wed 10:40: I’ll be watching you - rabbinic tales of self: The rabbis get self-important (3 of 4)
Wed 22:15: Tuesday the rabbi went transparent - TV scenes from the Talmud
Thu 10:45: I’ll be watching you - rabbinic tales of self: The rabbis get self-esteem (4 of 4)

Bonnie Evans-Hills

Bonnie received her MA in pastoral theology from Heythrop College, University of London. She has considerable experience in inter-religious dialogue, focusing in particular on dialogue with Shi’a Islam. Bonnie is currently Inter Faith Adviser in the Diocese of St Albans, and a parish priest.

Tue 17:40: 'Faithfully Feminist'

Mijael Even David

Mijael was born in Chile, made aliyah in 2005 and did rabbinical and MA studies in Jerusalem and has held had positions in Omer, Ashkelon and Karmiel in Israel. Today he is the rabbi of Edgware Masorti Synagogue, and was rabbi of Noam. He served in the IDF, participating in its last four bigger campaigns.

Sun 20:50: Jump to the water or not? - a couple's view on the mikveh and its relevance for modern Jews
Mon 13:30: Disney and nashim - different approaches to the status of women in modern Judaism
Tue 10:40: Colouring the Jewish tradition - reframing Jewish law in a LGBT context
Tue 17:40: Are the burdens on an IDF soldier too great?

Raya Even David

Born and raised Israeli, Raya is 30 years old, a mother of two, and partner to Mijael, rabbi of Edgware Masorti Synagogue. She is director of youth education in the same shul, Jewish learning leader in Alma Primary (in Finchley), and holds a BA in Judaism and education from Hebrew University.

Sun 20:50: Jump to the water or not? - a couple's view on the mikveh and its relevance for modern Jews

Alastair Falk

Alastair Falk likes education start ups. He has been a founding headteacher of two schools, first Director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools and is now working with an organisation helping schools across Birmingham. And, more years ago than he cares to recall, he started something called Limmud.

Wed 16:20: Someone could get a masters if they wrote about Limmud
Wed 17:40: JNEB (Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses)

Shir Yaakov Feit

Shir Yaakov is a spiritual leader, teacher, and musician building spiritual communities, facilitating and inspiring communal music, and helping people connect with their inner wisdom and truth. Listen to his latest album 'Lah' here: shiryaakov.bandcamp.com/album/lah

Mon 20:50: Songs in the tree of life
Tue 09:20: Greet the morning!

Alex Fenton

Alex is public affairs advisor to Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi of Reform Judaism. He has extensive experience of public affairs and communications, both within and outside of the Jewish community.

Mon 12:10: The Arena @ Limmud

Talya Finke

Medical student at Kings College London planning to make aliyah after graduation. Mazkira of Habonim Dror 2014-15. Vegetarian (as of September!)

Mon 18:55: Kids court in conflict

Joseph Finlay

Joseph is musical director of Hendon Reform Synagogue and the London Jewish Male Choir. He was formerly deputy editor of the Jewish Quarterly, and was a founder of Jewdas, Moishe House London, Wandering Jews and the Open Talmud Project.

Mon 16:20: How to be a bundist
Tue 18:55: The London Jewish Male Choir in concert
Wed 13:30: Is Limmud biased?
Wed 14:50: Shirim chadashim - new music for synagogue services
Wed 18:55: Birthwrong - so wrong it's right

Marilyn Finlay

Marilyn is an actor, writer, workshop leader and educator - both in the Jewish and secular worlds - and is based in London.

Tue 14:50: Tosia's story - in her own words

Yaacov Finn

Yaacov is the programme and communications manager at the London School of Jewish Studies. He is a consultant for United Synagogue Living and Learning, visiting congregations across the country and until recently was the interim rabbi of Northwood United Synagogue. He holds an MSc in health psychology from UCL and has taught across the country.

Sun 20:50: Will the real avot please stand up?
Mon 16:20: Mitzvot on the moon

Sharon Flatto

Sharon is a professor of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College, and the director of its graduate programme. She received her PhD in Jewish history from Yale University, and her BA from Barnard College. She is the author of The Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-Century Prague (Littman, 2010)

Sun 20:50: Gilgul (transmigration), dybbuks and golems - do Jews believe in them?
Mon 13:30: [+]Is hasidism a messianic movement? From the Besht to the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Beit Midrash)
Tue 20:50: Revisiting messianism - when and how will she come?
Wed 13:30: Mitnaggedim, hasidim, and the politics of a mystical prayer

Mickey Flaumenhaft

Mickey is from Otniel in Israel, and studied for six Years in the Hesder Yeshiva there, later working as a development director. Today, he is the Jewish Agency's northern shaliach to Bnei Akiva UK, and works towards promoting Israel education projects in schools, on campuses and throughout the community.

Wed 17:40: The spiritual revelation occurring in Israel

Ellen Flax

Ellen is a member of the international Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which supports programmes for women and girls in the US and Israel. Before receiving rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, she was a reporter, and wrote about education, health, and politics.

Tue 19:35: To schluff, perchance to dream - Judaism and sleep
Wed 10:40: What's going on in US politics? issues that unite and divide US Jews

David Fligg

David is project consultant for Performing the Jewish Archive, University of Leeds; tutor in academic studies, Royal Northern College of Music; visiting professor, Chester University. His research specialism is the life and music of the Jewish composer/pianist Gideon Klein (1919-1945).

Tue 13:30: Laughter in the ghetto - cabarets from a concentration camp

Steven Foldes

Steven Foldes PhD, is a cultural anthropologist, has published research on the economics of tobacco control and on dementia. He leads an independent consulting firm and is an adjunct associate professor in epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Fri 17:40: The hookah in the sukka - a Jewish way to smoke?
Sat 21:30: The race for the American presidency - where is it now?
Sun 13:30: The utopian cosmology of Vayyikra - how the priests distinguished the sacred from the profane
Mon 20:50: The moral universe of Vayyikra - the special case of tzara’at (leprosy?)
Tue 17:40: Kashrut - is it about hygiene, virtue, repression or classification?

Pam Fox

Pam has been writing Jewish history for six years. 'A Place to Call My Jewish Home' was featured at Jewish Book Week in 2011. Her biography of Israel Mattuck was shortlisted by the US Jewish Book Council. Her history of Golders Green's Jewish community, based on over 100 interviews, will be published in June.

Mon 09:20: The Jewish community of Golders Green

Tom Francies

Tom is a third year movement worker for LJY-Netzer, the youth movement for Liberal Judaism. He is passionate about his Zionism and his Judaism, and loves cross-communal social action and learning. Other interest include animals and sports.

Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Sat 14:45: If God loves me why does it seem like God is out to get me. What is the real meaning of a blessing?
Mon 12:10: Zionist youth movements: how are they good for the community and what is their Zionism?

Paul Franks

Paul teaches philosophy and Judaic studies at Yale University. He was educated at Gateshead Yeshiva, Oxford and Harvard, and he works on Kantian, post-Kantian and Jewish philosophy. He is currently writing books on modern Jewish philosophy and on Kant's legacy in metaphysics and epistemology.

Sun 16:20: How kabbalah became part of modern European philosophy (1 of 4)
Mon 16:20: How kabbalah became part of modern European philosophy (2 of 4)
Tue 16:20: How kabbalah became part of modern European philosophy (3 of 4)
Wed 16:20: How kabbalah became part of modern European philosophy (4 of 4)

Sharonah Fredrick

Sharonah Fredrick received her PhD in Hispanic literature from Stony Brook University, her MA in Latin American colonial history from Tel Aviv University, and her BA in anthropology and Hebrew language from Buffalo University. She has a TEFL degree from ITTO Institute in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Sat 14:45: Jews, pirates, rebellion and empire
Sun 20:50: John Dee, The Book of Enoch, Jewish sorcery and Elizabeth Tudor
Mon 14:50: Lilith, Melusine, and the sirens of folklore
Mon 20:50: Shamanism, the trance, and Jewish prophets
Wed 17:40: Judaism, medieval Ireland, and how Moses received a Gaelic ten commandments

Paul Freedman

After physics at Bristol, teacher training at Cambridge and s'michah at Leo Baeck College, Paul is now senior rabbi at Radlett Reform Synagogue, and chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis. Final editor of the Reform Haggadah, and co-editor of the new High Holyday machzor, married to Vanessa, father of Katie and Joshua. His 20th Limmud!

Mon 19:35: A machzor in the making
Tue 22:15: Tikkun K’lali – Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav’s ‘general remedy’
Wed 12:10: Birkat ha-mazon Reform - it ain't what it used to be

Vanessa Freedman

Vanessa is the Hebrew and Jewish studies librarian at University College London. She studied classics at Cambridge University, library and information studies at UCL, and Judaism in various places, including the Liberal Yeshivah in Jerusalem. She is married to Paul, and mother of Katie and Joshua.

Mon 13:30: The life of Moses Gaster in ten objects
Wed 16:20: The rough guide to Jewish resources

Mordechai Friedman

Mordechay (Motti) is currently academic director of the Central Zionist Archive in Jerusalem. Before that, he served as the director of Herzl Museum in Jerusalem and was the director of the online pedagogic center in the education department of the Jewish Agency.

Sat 11:30: Ultra-Orthodox (haredi), scholar and labourer - the first German Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1830.
Sun 13:30: Cantor Josef Rosenblatt (known as Yossele) - the king of chazanut (cantorial music)
Mon 13:30: Theodor Herzl – myths and facts
Tue 12:10: Herzl's secret - how did a 35 year old reporter manage to change the course of history in less than nine years?
Wed 12:10: The history of cantorial recordings in the golden age of chazanut

Eva Frojmovic

Eva has been teaching about Jewish art, medieval art, and Jewish museums at the University of Leeds since 1995. Before that, she was a postdoctoral student at the Warburg Institute; and before that was a student in Rome, Munich, Jerusalem and Freiburg. And before that ... I'll tell you when we meet.

Sun 14:50: Jews and art - taboos and desires
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate

Renate Fromson

Renate Fromson is a bogeret of Noam Masorti and has spent time studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and in Midreshet Ein Hanaziv, an Israeli modern orthodox midrasha, in the north of Israel. She is currently a third year medical student at the University of Cambridge.

Sun 14:50: Transformative texts

Clive Gabay

Clive is a senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary University of London. He is mainly interested in questions of how, over time, social anxieties in the west have informed attitudes in other parts of the world, with a sideline in early 20th century Jewish anarchism.

Wed 12:10: Judaism, anarchism and colonisation

Stephen Games

Stephen is a designer and an historian with a structural approach to bible texts. Studied typography and architecture, teaches architectural history and life drawing, and writes on whatever interests him. Books include 'Pevsner: The BBC Years', 'Frank's Great War' and (due soon) a children's book about the moon.

Tue 12:10: The two megillahs of Esther

Ian Gamse

Many years ago, Ian was the first full-time UJS education worker, having studied at Yeshivat Or Etzion before reading Mathematics and Hebrew at Cambridge. His teaching focuses on close reading of biblical and rabbinic texts, often with surprising results. His main current Jewish educational activity is teaching Talmud to a small group of women.

Mon 16:20: [+]'Transit' (93 mins) and panel discussion
Tue 18:55: Job inside out
Thu 10:45: Calves, crates and kashrut

Ray Gaston

Church of England vicar, theological educator and peace and social justice activist. Member of CTBI Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group.

Mon 19:35: The holy land letter - can Jews and Christians talk sanely and honestly about Israel and Palestine?

Hannah Gaventa

Hannah is the international director of Jewish education for Moishe House. In 2014/15, she lived in the Philippines, coordinating the Joint Distribution Committee’s response to typhoon Haiyan, following three years working with Tzedek in the UK, Ghana and India. She is a Moishe House London alumna.

Sun 14:50: These (of Hillel) and those (of Shammai) are both the living words of God
Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales
Mon 16:20: What do the Great Wall of China, an island in the Philippines and a synagogue in Turkey have in common?
Wed 17:40: Argumentative rabbis, praising brides, and Jewish pluralism.

Rela Mintz Geffen

Rela is a PhD, a professor of sociology, was president of Baltimore Hebrew University and professor and dean at Gratz College. She was a fellow at Harvard, and Yarnton, and president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. A graduate of Columbia (BA, MA) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (BRE). Her doctorate is from the University of Florida

Sun 12:10: Is demography destiny? The future of Jewish life in the diaspora
Sun 16:20: At the centre or at the periphery? - Jewish grandparents today
Sun 19:35: From naches to nanny. The Jewish family - institution in transition
Mon 09:20: Celebration and renewal - new and reinvented lifecycle rituals
Wed 10:40: What's going on in US politics? issues that unite and divide US Jews

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana is the founder of JDOV Talks, which started at Limmud Conference in 2011. She received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and now works for the Pears Foundation as the director of JHub. She is also the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales.

Mon 16:20: JDOV talks (1 of 3)
Tue 16:20: JDOV talks (2 of 3)
Wed 16:20: JDOV talks (3 of 3)

Benjamin Gerber

An autodidactic educator who has been engaging adults in Jewish learning for over 17 years, Benjamin works with Jewish communities all over Sweden. He has also been involved with inter-religious dialogue and projects. He has rarely met an opinion in which he didn't find something to disagree about.

Sat 21:30: Can nationalism be a force for good?
Sun 09:30: What do ALL Jews have in common?

Selwyn Gerber

After co-founding the Bridge School for severely challenged kids, with Neil and Pegi Young in San Francisco in 1988, Selwyn co-founded the post-denominational Academy for Jewish religion in LA, and LimmudLA and has reJEWvinated several organisations. In his spare time he is an economist and wealth manager.

Fri 17:40: Shabbat: 'the source of blessing' (Lecha Dodi)
Sat 11:30: 50 shades of pray – a radical re-look at Jewish text and tradition, to bring to life tools and treasures for living intensely.

Sheila Gewolb

Sheila, from Cardiff, is vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and chair of the community issues division. Her work includes education outreach and supporting regional communities. She is also about to submit her PhD on older worker discursive age-identity construction.

Tue 09:20: What does devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland really mean for the Jewish community?
Thu 10:45: Jewish Living Experience exhibition and tours

Sue Gil

Sue is a registered London blue badge tour guide, and retired lecturer in English for business and tourism and communication skills. She has a BA and a postgraduate certificate in education.

Mon 12:10: Working as a registered London tour guide and how living in Israel changed my life

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew is chair of the UK programme committee of the UJIA, and a trustee of London Jewish Forum. He chaired five Limmud Conferences, eight years of Limmud, founded Limmud International and chaired that for six years.

Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Mon 20:50: Do British Jews know as little as American Jews do about Israel?

Dyonna Ginsburg

Dyonna is executive director of OLAM, a venture promoting global Jewish service and international development. A leader in the field of Jewish social justice, she directed Bema'aglei Tzedek and co-founded Siach. In 2015, she was named 'one of Israel's 50 most inspiring women' by Nashim magazine.

Sun 20:50: Am I my brother's keeper? A Jewish exploration of the bounds of responsibility
Mon 22:15: Israel as a global citizen - past, present and future
Tue 16:20: JDOV talks (2 of 3)
Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?

Zvi Gitelman

Zvi is professor of political science and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including 'Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine', and 'A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union'.

Sun 10:50: The Jewishness of Russian and Ukrainian Jews today
Mon 13:30: Are American Jews fading away?
Tue 09:20: The Litvak-Galitsianer wars - Jewish cultural geography
Tue 13:30: The new Jewish diaspora - Russian-speaking immigrants in Israel, the US and Germany
Wed 10:40: What's going on in US politics? issues that unite and divide US Jews

Michael Gladstone

Michael is one of the co-chairs of Limmud Conference 2015. So if you're enjoying this week, please let him or one of the other event chairs know! In his spare time (ie when not planning Limmud Conference) he is a management consultant helping clients use new technology to improve their business.

Wed 23:50: What is the score? Soundtracks from every dor (generation)

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

A Chicago native, Elliot is director of internal communication and a teacher at BINA's Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. He also volunteers at Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, at Israeli LGBT organisation Hoshen, and at Neve Tzedek Masorti congregation. He likes languages, Jewish culture, human rights, and ice cream.

Sat 14:45: Shabbat - a labour rights revolution
Sat 20:15: Queer eye for the rabbi
Mon 12:10: Innovation, complication and diversification - Judaisms in Israel today
Mon 16:20: [+]'Transit' (93 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 19:35: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and ... Israeli. On the Israeli secular Jewish renaissance
Wed 10:40: [+]A stranger in a strange land - what is our responsibility regarding the refugee crisis in Israel?

Ian Gold

Ian is the backing singer with 60s duo, the Reubins.

Tue 17:40: Rock 'n' beigel - singalong to the songs written by Jewish rockers

Jess Gold

Jess launched Project Earth Rock in 2014, a multimedia educational resource about sustainability that was five years in production. She has started singing Jewish songs in the community again after a hiatus and is enjoying herself immensely. She tours with her Animated Earth Show in schools across the UK.

Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Wed 17:40: Jess Gold in concert

Daniel Goldfarb

Daniel is a lawyer and rabbi, originally from Boston, teaching liturgy, Pirkei Avot and the Jewish calendar at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he was director for 13 years. He teaches Torah around the world, including at Limmuds in England, the US and Germany.

Sat 14:45: The world according to Pirkei Avot - the educational process
Sun 14:50: Transformative texts
Mon 12:10: Critical situations, tough decisions: One canteen, two thirsty people (1 of 3)
Mon 16:20: The parasha eclipse – 15 weeks out of sync
Tue 13:30: [+]'Watch' (21 mins) / 'Next to Her' (90 mins) and discussions
Tue 17:40: Critical situations, tough decisions: May we pray for a loved one to die? (2 of 3)
Wed 13:30: Critical situations, tough decisions: Endgame – are Jews players? May we pull plugs? (3 of 3)

Michael Goldin

Michael Goldin works at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, assisting with immigration and asylum applications and appeals. He is also a law student and activist who campaigns on a variety of issues including refugee rights, and an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Mon 18:55: Kids court in conflict
Tue 14:50: The Refugee 'crisis' in context

Nicky Goldman

Nicky is passionate about the Jewish community and Israel, loves working with inspiring people who step up to lead, has worked for over 30 years in leadership and community development, family education, human resources, and with youth and students.

Wed 14:50: How do we manage our leaders? – exploring lay leader issues

Martin Goodman

Martin is professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, and the president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has written many books on Jewish history, including on Rome and Jerusalem, which was published by Penguin in 2007.

Tue 19:35: Josephus and the Jews

Nigel Goodrich

Nigel is an innocent member of the public who found himself catapulted into advocating for Israel and Jewish people after getting caught up in a BDS protest last year. Deciding to 'do something' he set up a local grassroots pro-Israel group, followed by others across England and Scotland.

Mon 16:20: Getting gazeboed on the high street
Mon 17:40: Winning the public relations battle through grassroots advocacy

Simon Gordon

Simon is a professional writer based in Parliament. He was formerly assistant editor of Mosaic Magazine, and a speechwriter and adviser at the Embassy of Israel in London.

Sun 17:40: Are two states feasible?
Wed 13:30: Is Limmud biased?

Jasmine Gothelf

Jasmine is a postgraduate student in African American literature, history and hip hop. Her research has taken her to Paris’ Cite de la Musique, Harvard’s hip hop archive and beyond. She also contributes to academic and non-academic blogs and journals, and was previously BBYO mazkira.

Mon 18:55: Mitzvot, minyanim and mandem - community in hip hop and Judaism, from the shtetl to the ghetto
Tue 16:20: Now hear this mixture, where hip hop meets scripture.
Wed 19:35: Rhymes, records and rhetoric - hip hop and religion

Rivka Gottlieb

Rivka trained at The Royal College of Music, Juilliard School, New York (harp) and Guildhall (music therapy). She has performed internationally and for film and TV soundtracks. She's director of programming at New North London Synagogue, and music therapist at JCoSS, working with children who have autism.

Sun 20:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (1 of 5)
Mon 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (2 of 5)
Mon 14:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (3 of 5)
Tue 12:10: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (4 of 5)
Tue 20:50: In a harp beat
Wed 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (5 of 5)
Wed 14:50: The Limmud Orchestra performance
Wed 18:55: Harping on ...

Joseph Grabiner

Joe is a youth leader in RSY-Netzer, a campaigner with Yachad, and an occasional undergraduate student of politics and philosophy at the London School of Economics. This past year he’s co-edited the Limmud Chavruta Project and has loved every moment. Make sure you join him at the amazing Chavruta sessions this Limmud.

Mon 18:55: Kids court in conflict

Michael Grant

Michael is guilty of thinking that reading books entitles him to present at Limmud. Still, he must be doing something right, as people have been coming, and indeed returning, to his Conference talks for eight years. He has also presented at day Limmuds in Newcastle and Berlin.

Sat 21:30: An introduction to Josephus
Sun 10:50: Secrets of the Samaritan Torah

Sam Grant

Sam is the campaigns manager for René Cassin, the UK Jewish human rights organisation. The organisation campaigns on a range of issues, including modern day slavery, indefinite detention, discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and on the Human Rights Act.

Sun 13:30: Jews, Magna Carta and the Human Rights Act
Sun 16:20: Refugees welcome here? How Britain imprisons people seeking asylum
Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales
Tue 12:10: The talmudic campaign to end indefinite detention

Natalie Grazin

Having first volunteered for Limmud in 1994, Natalie co-chaired Limmud Conference in 2006. She is a founder of two Jewish LGBT organisations Keshet UK and Imahot v’Avot: LGBT Parents, Jewish Families; and Co-Chair of Governors at Alma Primary, the first cross-communal Jewish primary school in Barnet. Professionally Natalie is an organisational consultant and coach.

Sun 18:55: [+]Ahead of Time

Ruth Green

Ruth has been a counsellor with youth for 25 years and is both a leader of, and donor to the community. She's a trustee of UJIA and of the Jewish Leadership Council. She has been grappling with the concept that multiple dinners are only exciting for kosher caterers! We need to engage in different ways to encourage the community to give, and would love your ideas.

Wed 18:55: Is the communal dinner dead? If not can we kill it?

Edward Greenstein

Ed is professor of biblical studies at Bar Ilan University,where he is head of the interdisciplinary graduate programme in hermeneutics and cultural studies. He publishes widely in biblical and ancient Near East studies, and has been writing commentaries on Job, Lamentations, and Ruth.

Fri 17:40: Joseph - a man of many colours
Sun 17:40: The themes and dynamics of the Book of Job (1 of 3)
Mon 17:40: The themes and dynamics of the Book of Job (2 of 3)
Tue 13:30: [+]Pivotal passages in the Book of Job (Beit Midrash)
Tue 17:40: The themes and dynamics of the Book of Job (3 of 3)

Beverly Gribetz

Beverly is the principal of the Evelina de Rothschild-Tehilla Secondary School in Jerusalem. She was previously a headmistress at the Ramaz School in New York, and has taught Jewish studies at many institutions, among them Pardes and Pelech. She currently mentors principals-in-training.

Sat 14:45: A daughter's Kaddish
Sun 12:10: Orthodox feminism - where have we been and where are we going?
Mon 12:10: Innovation, complication and diversification - Judaisms in Israel today
Tue 10:40: Empowering religious girls in school
Tue 16:20: Does Jerusalem work?

Daniel Grossberg

Director of the Hebrew programme at the University at Albany (State University of New York). Author of a monograph on biblical poetry for the Society of Biblical Literature, and of a commentary on Lamentations for the Oxford Study Bible. Visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew studies.

Sat 16:00: Does Bialik's poetry express the beauty of Judaism or Its ugliness?
Sun 10:50: 'To Father's House' by Agnon - a simple return, or a life-death act
Mon 14:50: Is Gouri (re)versing Torah?
Wed 16:20: Is Jerusalem a holy city for Amichai?

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan is a born and bred Tel Avivian. In his 19 years of social and political activism, Tal has taken part in public campaigns, worked in the Knesset as an advisor and was among the leaders of the Tent Protest. He is also a trained yoga teacher and is the founder and chair of Limmud TLV.

Sat 11:30: Yoga class - Vijñāna yoga
Mon 10:40: Is Israel's political system broken?
Mon 12:10: Innovation, complication and diversification - Judaisms in Israel today
Tue 22:15: Understanding Israeli politics from within

Mika Hadar-Borthwick

Mika is a healer and teacher with over 30 years' experience, working both in London and abroad. She is trained in Alexander technique, yoga, chi gung and cranio-sacral therapy. At the heart of her unique practice is an emphasis on meditative practices and mindfulness.

Sun 16:20: Vocal vowel meditation and deep relaxation
Mon 08:00: Mindful movement and meditation
Mon 16:20: Amen as the meditative sound
Tue 08:00: Mindful movement and meditation
Tue 19:35: Mindful transition into the night
Wed 16:20: Individuation and oneness in reflection and in meditation

Caroline Hagard

Caroline teaches Gan (3-5 year olds) at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and Edgware and District Reform Synagogue religion schools. She is a story teller, writes Jewish songs for young children, and writes and runs children's services for the High Holy days and chagim. She is passionate about Judaism and her sessions are great fun. She is also a full-time medical secretary.

Fri 15:45: Friday night delight
Sat 10:00: Shabbat morning family service
Sat 11:30: Challenge the storyteller

Jonathan Halevy

Jonathan has been director general of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem - one of Israel's leading hospitals - since 1988. He holds specialisations in internal medicine, gastroenterology and health management. He has been chairman of the Israel Transplant Authority for six years, and is currently chairman of the committee allocating governmental funding of medication. He's well versed in the dilemmas of medical ethics.

Mon 12:10: We need to talk about BRCA (panel)
Mon 13:30: Moral duties and ethical dilemmas of a hospital director
Mon 19:35: The IDF mission to Nepal - a participant's impression
Tue 10:40: Medical, ethical and halachic aspects of organ donation
Tue 18:55: How should conventional medicine relate to complementary and alternative medicine?

Laurence Harris

Laurence is a professional genealogist. He specialises in Jewish family history, and helps individuals trace their ancestors and living family members around the globe. He is a researcher for the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series and former chairman of the Jewish Genealogical Society (GB).

Sun 17:40: Tips for tracing your Jewish family history

Marc Harris

Marc is a Swedish lawyer with an interest in Torah. He is currently the programming chair for Limmud Stockholm.

Mon 19:35: Homosexuality in halacha - three responsa

Michael Harris

Michael has been rabbi of Hampstead (United) synagogue since 1995. A frequent Limmud presenter, he holds a PhD from SOAS, is a research fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, and is affiliated lecturer in the faculty of divinity at Cambridge University. His latest book is 'Faith Without Fear: Unresolved Issues in Modern Orthodoxy'.

Mon 12:10: The Arena @ Limmud
Mon 16:20: Faith without fear - unresolved issues in modern orthodoxy
Mon 18:55: The 'sufferings of love' and contemporary philosophy of religion

Abigail Hayton

Abigail holds a BA in history from Queen Mary, University of London and an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history from the University of Cambridge. Her academic research focuses on interfaith relations and feminism in historical context.

Wed 18:55: Jews and 'Jews' in 18th century England

Diane Herman

Diane is an English teacher at the American International School of Mozambique. She's been in Mozambique since 2007, and has helped to revive the Jewish community of Maputo. She has taught bar- and bat-mitzvah students and adult Hebrew classes, as well as welcoming diverse Shabbat guests to her home.

Sun 17:40: Mozambique - restoring and creating Jewish community

Larry Herman

Larry Herman, an economist living in Maputo Mozambique since 2000, is the lay leader of Honen Dalim, a small Jewish community founded at the beginning of the 20th century. Together with his wife Diane and a diverse group of members, (interesting and unusual) he has restored Jewish life in Maputo.

Sun 17:40: Mozambique - restoring and creating Jewish community

Matthew Herman

Matt is resources co-chair for Limmud Conference 2015. In his professional life, he is a strategy consultant. Prior to his current role, he was mazkir of BBYO and co-chair of the Zionist Youth Council.

Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales

Lizzi Heydemann

In 2011, Lizzi catalysed the founding of Mishkan, an independent spiritual community in Chicago, to engage, educate, empower and inspire the next generation through dynamic Jewish spiritual practice and community building.

Fri 13:30: Secrets to great prayer leadership (1 of 2)
Sat 10:00: Stretch and bless
Sun 13:30: Purim - an atheist's paradise?
Sun 16:20: Secrets to great prayer leadership (2 of 2)
Wed 19:35: Mishkan and mikdash - bridging the innovation gap

Gordon Higgott

Gordon is an independent historian who specialises in the study of architectural drawings and design practice in early modern Britain. An authority on the work of Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, he also researches and lectures on the history of the synagogue.

Sun 09:30: The Baroque synagogue - materialising the spiritual

Emily Hilton

Emily is the youth and student representative on the Yachad UK Board. She is a bogeret (graduate) of RSY-Netzer and Netzer Olami, and is interested in how social media is changing the way we understand social issues. She graduated from University College London in 2014 and is now training on the Frontline social work programme.

Mon 18:55: Kids court in conflict

Sara Hirschhorn

Sara is the University Research Lecturer and Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. Her forthcoming book is 'City on a Hilltop: American Jews & the Israeli Settler Movement Since 1967' (Harvard, 2016). She is thrilled to make Limmud an annual tradition!

Sun 16:20: Should Israel be building more settlements?
Mon 10:40: Is Israel's political system broken?
Mon 13:30: How we talk about it when we talk about Israel (aka Shabbat dinner with your relatives without launching WW3!)
Tue 10:40: Israel/Palestinian conflict simulation. For Limmudniks who love running the state of Israel in their heads!
Tue 14:50: The Promised Podcast - live from Limmud!
Tue 19:35: How to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict in one Limmud session or less
Wed 10:40: Myth and memory in Mandate Palestine

Noah Hoffeld

Cellist Noah brings kavanah to Jewish and rock tunes. Baeble Music says his '"Cello-Rock" is the new sound you never knew you needed'; and the author of Essential Klezmer writes 'You’ll rarely hear the Kol Nidrei played with as much depth and soul.' Experience Noah's songs in an intimate set.

Mon 20:50: Songs in the tree of life
Wed 16:20: From Carlebach to cello-rock

David Hoffman

David is a Jewish musician and songwriter, with several albums out, including his latest, ‘Ancient Inspiration’, available online. He leads monthly Friday night Shir Chadash - musical - services at Manchester Reform Synagogue. He is also a longstanding Limmud volunteer, and a commercial barrister.

Sun 14:50: Shir Chadash - a new song

Eva Hoffman

Eva grew up in Cracow, Poland, before emigrating in her teens to Canada and then the United States. She has worked at the New York Times and has taught at British and American universities. Her books include Lost in Translation, After Such Knowledge and Time, as well as two novels, The Secret, and Illuminations.

Mon 13:30: On being a rooted cosmopolitan writer
Tue 13:30: On writing a memoir
Tue 17:40: In conversation with Eva Hoffman

Renato Huarte Cuéllar

Renato holds a PhD in philosophy, and is a tenured associate professor at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. He founded Limmud Mexico and since 2015, as a member of the international steering group, has represented Limmud communities in Latin America.

Tue 10:40: Compiling the oral tradition of Limmud values and their practical implementation

Dilwar Hussain

Dilwar is chair of New Horizons in British Islam, a charity that works on contemporary Muslim identity and reform. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, University of Coventry, and a trustee of Three Faiths Forum, and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Tue 09:20: Radical extremism - is it a Jewish problem?
Tue 17:40: Zionism - a Muslim perspective

Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes is a programme manager at the Council of Christians and Jews whose academic work concentrates on the work of Emmanuel Levinas. He has also written and lectured at King's College London on the philosophy of religion and ethics, and is a trained facilitator in conflict resolution.

Sun 14:50: How does someone develop ethically? Emmanuel Levinas on the failure of education
Sun 19:35: 70 years after the end of the Shoah, where does theology stand?
Mon 10:40: [+]'Calais - The Last Border' (59 mins) and panel discussion

Aaron Isaac

Aaron is currently completing his undergraduate music degree at Goldsmiths University. In 2014, along with Sophie Ross, he co-founded the first pluralist Jewish young mixed choir, 'Minim'. A self-confessed diqduq (hebrew grammar) nut, he aspires to be either an opera singer or prime minister.

Sat 16:00: Traditional se'udah
Wed 12:10: Which is correct - Sephardic or Askhenazic pronunciation of Hebrew?

Marc Isaacs

Marc Isaacs is a director and cinematographer. His documentaries include 'Calais - The Last Border'.

Mon 10:40: [+]'Calais - The Last Border' (59 mins) and panel discussion

Judith Ish-Horowicz

Judith opened the Apples and Honey nursery 25 years ago and is a governor of Mosaic Jewish Primary School in South London, both rated outstanding settings by Ofsted. She's a child of halutzim, and is excited to be sharing her mother’s childhood experiences growing up in Jerusalem, through pictures and words.

Sun 14:50: The wrong kind of maror and matzah ball wars - food, memory, community, and Wimshul Cooks
Sun 18:55: Growing up in Palestine - the childhood of Hava Ish-Horowicz in film and words
Mon 10:40: Mosaic Jewish Primary School - a faith school for our times
Thu 10:45: L’dor vador - a vision of an intergenerational community where pre-schoolers and 3rd-agers live, learn and play together.

Michal Ish-Horowicz

Michal has been singing for about as long as she can remember, and coming to Limmud for even longer. She is currently completing an MA in music theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Fri 21:00: Oneg Shabbat
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz

Shoshi is an incorrigible book lover who has been attending and enjoying Limmud for many years; she is delighted to bring these two passions together by co-hosting the Limmud book club. Outside the world of Conference, she teaches English at a London college and blogs regularly about her reading.

Sun 14:50: Limmud book club - Franz Kafka’s 'The Metamorphosis' (1 of 4)
Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Mon 14:50: Limmud book club - Eva Hoffman’s 'Lost in Translation' (2 of 4)
Mon 18:55: People of the book
Tue 14:50: Limmud book club - Deborah Levy’s 'Swimming Home' (3 of 4)
Wed 14:50: Limmud book club - Howard Jacobson’s 'J' (4 of 4)

Alex Israel

Alex is a Tanakh educator and teacher of contemporary Israel at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi in Jerusalem. A BA-nik, Alex made aliyah in 1991. He works for unity between secular and religious populations through the Tzohar and Beit Hillel rabbinic organisations. He recently published 'I Kings -Torn in Two'.

Mon 14:50: Elisha's initiation - fire and chariots, water and bears (1 of 3)
Mon 16:20: Faith without fear - unresolved issues in modern orthodoxy
Tue 14:50: Elisha and the Shunnammite - birth, death, and religious power (2 of 3)
Wed 14:50: Hubris, humility, and the distortion of religion - the story of Naaman (3 of 3)
Wed 22:15: When rabbis sin - talmudic tales, contemporary dilemmas

Ben Jackman-Overlander

Ben is a Yachad board member, father of two keen young Limmudniks and a long time ago was mazkir of RSY-Netzer. He is a director at crisis management consultancy Regester Larkin, advising some of the world’s largest and most respected companies on resolving controversial issues and responding to crises.

Mon 14:50: Crisis management and media response for Limmud teams

Ilana Jackman-Overlander

Ilana is a fundraising innovation consultant. She is passionate about innovative sustainable fundraising so that charities can focus on mission, not money. She has helped the NSPCC, Outward Bound, Stonewall, Kingston Uni, Jewish Care, JW3, Tzedek and others to raise millions for their work.

Tue 12:10: Do you need to raise funds for your Limmud? If yes, this is how.
Thu 09:30: Maimonides - great thinker, rubbish fundraiser and God doesn't have a clue either

Margaret Jacobi

Margaret is the rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. Before becoming a rabbi she studied medicine and she has published articles on Jewish medical ethics. She has a PhD in Talmud. She is a member of Tzelem, and loves exploring issues of justice and morality in rabbinic texts.

Mon 12:10: Faith and friendship in multi-faith Birmingham - a model for the world
Tue 12:10: Why Birmingham?
Tue 14:50: What is Good? An exploration from the creation to ‘Life and Fate’
Thu 09:30: God by any other name?

Richard Jacobi

Richard is rabbi to the Liberal community at Woodford. They teach him lots and he brings his rabbinic training, his experience in developing managers, and his lengthening life experience to them. He is currently co-chair of Liberal Judaism’s rabbinic conference, and also teaches at Leo Baeck College.

Fri 21:00: Christmas - should the Jewish community accommodate or dissociate?
Sun 20:50: HATCH, Match, Dispatch (1 of 3)
Mon 13:30: Hatch, MATCH, dispatch (2 of 3)
Tue 16:20: Hatch, Match, DISPATCH (3 of 3)

Andrew Jacobs

Andrew is an active member of Finchley Reform Synagogue, having led them into membership of London Citizens, where he became a board trustee. He coaches CEOs of charities for ella forums and participates in World Jewish Relief missions to Ukraine. Limmud reignited his love of learning.

Tue 13:30: Why Jewish service for children in the slums of India?
Tue 17:40: Models for tzdaka and caring - new horizons and new partnerships

Daniel Jacobs

Dan is a regular Limmud presenter, entrepreneur, workshop leader, vegetarian, husband, former Andrex puppy. He is currently interested in making cool products, thinking deeply about being Jewish and meditating whilst eating cake.

Tue 16:20: Entrepreneur meetup

David Jacobs

David Jacobs is the current chair of the Jewish Historical Society of England, the vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, founder in 1983 of the Museum of the Jewish East End. In 2015 he received a fellowship at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati.

Wed 17:40: No person shall come to any meeting of the elders with a sword or stick whips or spurs ... The laws and constitutions of early UK synagogues

Ivor Jacobs

A teenager during the 'Jacobs affair', Ivor lived through the turmoil that his father's dynamic Judaism created. Co-founded the New North London Synagogue, Masorti, and Friends of LouisJacobs.org, encouraging theological debate. He continues to gradually retire from his software and print business.

Mon 17:40: Modern Orthodoxy in crisis - a reaction against fundamentalism? (1 of 2)
Tue 17:40: Rock 'n' beigel - singalong to the songs written by Jewish rockers
Wed 10:40: Should we still have reason to believe? Are Rabbi Jacobs works relevant today?
Wed 13:30: Modern Orthodoxy In crisis - how can things move forward? (2 of 2)

Jemma Jacobs

Jemma is a kabbalistic and tantric trained and insured shaman. Harnessing the powers of story, soulful meditation and creativity reaches the subconscious mind, and in ways that nothing else does! Loves baking cakes, singing in the street and being colourful.

Mon 22:15: Shekhinah sister dance
Tue 22:15: Kabbalistic pathways to peace

Ruthie Jacobs

Ruthie studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Manchester. She is an ambassador of the Teach First programme and loves being right. She is co-chairing Accommodation this year.

Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?

Nadia Jacobson

Born in London, Nadia now lives in Jerusalem. She is a fiction editor at 'The Ilanot Review', an online Israeli journal of creative writing in English, and she coordinates the creative writing programme at Bar-Ilan University. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies.

Wed 10:40: Beginnings and endings in the Bible

Steven Jaffe

Steven is co-chair of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, Grassroots consultant to the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a proud member of the Belfast Jewish community.

Tue 09:20: What does devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland really mean for the Jewish community?

Michelle Janes

Michelle is the operations director of Masorti Judaism, moving into this role following a career in informal education and secondary school teaching. A member of a progressive jewish community, in her spare time she is kept busy by her two young children, and is currently studying for an MBA.

Sun 17:40: United we stand - can British Jews ever come together except by leaving God at the door?
Wed 14:50: How do we manage our leaders? – exploring lay leader issues

Neil Janes

Neil is director of the newly established Lyons Institute and a member of the rabbinic team of West London Synagogue. A PhD candidate in Talmud, he is on the faculty of the Leo Baeck College and of Hebrew College, Boston. He is also chair of the British Friends of Leo Baeck Education Centre, in Haifa.

Sun 12:10: Unpacking ethics - a textual experience
Sun 20:50: The answer that Hillel forgot
Mon 14:50: Reading the death of Moses - palliative care in our texts
Tue 13:30: Permission to say the impossible
Wed 10:40: Airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, when Rabbi Jeremiah met his holy grail

Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura has loved being a Jewish educator in the UK and Israel for over 30 years. She adored being a rabbi at Alyth – and is now the first senior rabbi to Reform Judaism. She is a regular media broadcaster, including 'Thought for The Day' and 'The Big Questions'.

Mon 12:10: The Arena @ Limmud
Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Mon 19:35: The holy land letter - can Jews and Christians talk sanely and honestly about Israel and Palestine?
Tue 12:10: Fear
Tue 18:55: Top girls - inspirational, aspirational, helps or hindrance?
Wed 14:50: Life, death and a vibrant new-old Judaism.
Wed 18:55: Resilience

Roxana Jebreel

HELLO!! I am Roxy and I live in MoHoLo (aka Moishe House London.) We create innovative and fun events in our home, for the young adult Jewish community. It is a lot of fun :) Chat to me if you see me!!!

Wed 10:40: Get arty with Moish!!

Elie Jesner

Elie is a psychotherapist, educator and writer. He is Director of The Honest Theology Project, a new initiative of the Louis Jacobs Foundation. He also heads the JCoSS bet midrash and helps organise the Finchley Partnership Minyan. His writing appears regularly in Haaretz.

Sun 16:20: Blood - uniting and dividing
Sun 19:35: Honest theology and biblical history - can we have both?
Mon 17:40: Modern Orthodoxy in crisis - a reaction against fundamentalism? (1 of 2)
Mon 19:35: What's so perplexing? The radical project of Maimonides' Guide
Tue 12:10: The essence of theology - what is God?
Tue 19:35: [+]'Orthodox' (93 mins)
Wed 13:30: Modern Orthodoxy In crisis - how can things move forward? (2 of 2)
Wed 22:15: Free will - dangerous idea or useful illusion?

Simon Johnson

Simon is chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council. Before that, he had a 20 year career at the highest levels of the sports and media industries. He has worked for the Premier League, the Football Association, ITV, and as chief operating officer of England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA world cup.

Tue 13:30: Delegitimisation of Israel on campus and in academia: how to engage
Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?

Leah Jordan

Leah is student and young adult chaplain for Liberal Judaism, and rabbi of Norwich Liberal Jewish Community. She grew up in the great American Midwest, learned in Jerusalem and at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City, and received semicha from the Leo Baeck College. She is married to Rabbi Benji Stanley.

Fri 17:40: Jerusalem - a physical reality, a divine ideal
Sat 14:45: If God loves me why does it seem like God is out to get me. What is the real meaning of a blessing?
Mon 13:30: What do you propose we do to address your most urgent concern about Israel?
Tue 17:40: Lawyer, doctor, rabbi?!
Wed 13:30: Do we really look after our students on campus?
Thu 09:30: Standing in solidarity with Susiya - a microcosm of occupation
Thu 10:45: Judaism, refugees and borders - a case for action

Oliver Joseph

Oliver serves as community rabbi for Masorti Judaism. He studies at Ziegler School, LA, the Hartman Institute and at Tel Aviv University. He has worked for IKAR, a spiritual community in LA, and with activist groups. Most recently he spent #SukkotInCalais.

Fri 21:00: The power of silence
Sat 14:45: If God loves me why does it seem like God is out to get me. What is the real meaning of a blessing?
Mon 22:15: Revolution, Heschel and Joseph the one who loves Shabbat
Wed 16:20: The one who moves – the wandering Jew and the power of inclusion

Lyn Julius

Lyn is a journalist, blogger and co-founder of Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Algemeiner and Jewish Chronicle.

Sun 12:10: The Arabs and the Holocaust
Sun 14:50: How Jewish refugees can help reframe the Israel debate

Lila Kagedan

Lila Kagedan is the first North American orthodox woman to assume the title of rabbi. She is a consultant, activist and educator in global health, ethics, religion and education. She is a clinical ethicist, chaplain and sits on ethics committees of major hospitals, hospices and academic institutions.

Mon 20:50: God's house shall be called a house of prayer for all people - the ethics of inclusion in a halachic framework
Tue 09:20: An Introduction to the issues of Informed consent and autonomy in halacha
Tue 16:20: Rabbi, rabba, maharat, morateinu - Orthodox women breaking new ground in Jewish religious leadership

Deborah Kahn-Harris

Deborah is principal of Leo Baeck College in London, where she was ordained in 1996. She holds a PhD in Bible (Shef), specialising in feminist biblical criticism. She is married to Keith and is mother to Kobi and Ella. In her spare time she has turned their front garden into a fruit and veg allotment.

Sun 14:50: Picturing Ruth - an exploration of the Book of Ruth in art
Mon 12:10: Tales from the pulpit
Mon 14:50: The wretched, the wicked, the weak - what are the worst portrayals of women in the Bible and can these readings be challenged?
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Wed 14:50: But will God really dwell on earth?

Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist, writer and editor. He lectures at Leo Baeck College and Birkbeck College, and runs the European Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. His latest book is ‘Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community'.

Sun 16:20: How to change the world - why liberal zionism and other liberal causes are in trouble (but the fight for gay marriage was won)
Sun 19:35: Building the impossible Jewish library
Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Wed 10:40: Why contemporary antisemitism is so strange
Wed 17:40: JNEB (Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses)

Lior Kaminetsky

Internationally acclaimed violinist and rabbi of Birmingham Central Synagogue, pursuing a unique niche combining Judaism and music. Earned doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Southern California, and rabbinical semicha at Ohr Tora Stone. Musical style bridges classical, popular an d improv. Premiere album 'Mediterranean Klezmer was released in 2006.

Sun 13:30: Baal Kore? This session is for you!
Mon 14:50: From Bach to Carlebach - concert
Mon 16:20: Tango under the Jewish stars - from Buenos Aires to the promised land
Tue 12:10: Why Birmingham?
Tue 14:50: Improvisation concert

Charlie Kane

Charlie is a storyteller, fool and community artivist, working towards social and environmental change. Her work is informed and inspired by arts therapy, archetypal psychology, Earth-based spirituality, ritual and clowning. She is co-curating The Hearth with Rachel Rose Reid at Limmud this year.

Fri 15:45: Songs and silence to welcome Shabbat
Fri 22:15: Friday night tish at The Hearth
Sun 10:50: Tales told to the magic carpet
Mon 10:40: Peace in the Middle East - presentation and inner exploration
Tue 16:20: All the world is Purim - exploring mask
Wed 22:15: Space clearing and closing ritual

Gareth Kantor

50/50 Sephardic (Rhodes Island), Ashkenazi (Latvia), African roots (Zimbabwe). Forays in UK (Carmel College), rural and urban Canada, USA heartland (Ohio). Inherited predilection for Chopin, bourekas, and squash (the sport). I make healthcare safer (anesthesiologist). Presenter at four Cape Town Limmudim.

Sun 13:30: Rescue from the Holocaust on the island of sun - three religions, two pianos, three miracles

Elliott Karstadt

Elliott is a first-year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College in London, and has taught Jewish studies to teens both at Finchley Progressive Synagogue and West London Synagogue. Before starting at Leo Baeck, Elliott completed a PhD in the history of political thought, focusing on early modernity.

Mon 17:40: Purim - not for kids
Tue 20:50: Credit where it’s Jew - a Jewish take on the philosophy of interests
Wed 12:10: Jewish themes in the West Wing
Wed 16:20: David, Bathsheba and Uriah - temptation, baths and corrupt kings

Katsha'nes

Katsha’nes - Cockney-Yiddish Music Hall - are Flora, Rebekka, Sarha and Vivi. A year old, the band has been gigging around London to enthusiastic audiences. One review said ‘vibrant, full of energy and wit - beautifully performed and infectiously enthusiastic; we left, back into a world that suddenly felt a lot less bleak.’

Tue 20:50: Katsha’nes - Cockney-Yiddish Music Hall

Shelley Katz

Montreal born conductor and pianist Shelley holds bachelor and masters degrees from the Julliard School. He has conducted in German opera houses and performs worldwide. With a PhD in music tech, and patents in audio tech, he's mostly engaged with the Symphonova and the Bader International Study Centre.

Sun 20:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (1 of 5)
Mon 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (2 of 5)
Mon 14:50: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (3 of 5)
Tue 12:10: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (4 of 5)
Wed 09:20: Play in an orchestra - rehearsal (5 of 5)
Wed 14:50: The Limmud Orchestra performance

Ysoscher Katz

Ysoscher received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer, and studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha'ar programme for Jewish educators. He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years.

Mon 10:40: Halacha intensive. Halacha encounters modernity - the rabbinic period (1 of 3)
Mon 16:20: Faith without fear - unresolved issues in modern orthodoxy
Mon 17:40: Modern Orthodoxy in crisis - a reaction against fundamentalism? (1 of 2)
Tue 10:40: Halacha intensive. Halacha encounters modernity - the medieval period (2 of 3)
Wed 10:40: Halacha intensive. Halacha encounters modernity - the modern period (3 of 3)
Wed 13:30: Modern Orthodoxy In crisis - how can things move forward? (2 of 2)
Wed 22:15: Tefila as art and art as tefila

Maureen Kendler

Maureen is proud to have been involved in Limmud since the beginning. She is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, writes, broadcasts and is director of education at Tzedek. She loves teaching texts, ancient and modern, preferably at the same time.

Sun 13:30: How Philip Roth came round to understanding his parents
Sun 19:35: 70 years after the end of the Shoah, where does theology stand?
Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Mon 17:40: Jonathan - the love that dared speak its name
Mon 20:50: Reuven - unstable as water?
Tue 18:55: Top girls - inspirational, aspirational, helps or hindrance?
Wed 10:40: The tarnishing of the golden land - 'my resting place'
Wed 16:20: Words worth hearing - 'Teibele and her Demon', by Isaac Bashevis Singer (3 of 3)

Clive Kennard

Clive is an art historian and freelance researcher specialising in Victorian art. Based in London, he is doing his PhD at the University of York, with a current focus on Pre-Raphaelite religious illustration.

Mon 13:30: The leisure hour - Jews drawing for Christians

Rahima Kenner

Rahima trained in fine art at Reading University and London Institute, and practises as a painter and printmaker, specialising in etching and monoprint. She has taught in schools and colleges, and is currently based in Oxford. She exhibits and tutors short courses in etching with Oxford Printmakers.

Tue 09:20: [+]Exploring printmaking with an intaglio press
Wed 09:20: [+]Exploring printmaking with an intaglio press

Zac Kenton

Zac Kenton is a PhD Student in physics at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in early universe cosmology. He completed his BA and MMath in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2013. He is the author of three published articles and he teaches undergraduate level physics.

Sun 20:50: The big bang

Yuval Keren

Yuval is the rabbi of Southgate Progressive Synagogue. He was born and raised in Israel, and started attending Limmud over 15 years ago, an event that shaped his decision to study for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College. He is a regular contributor to the Limmud Chavruta project.

Sun 17:40: London is not waiting for me
Wed 16:20: Samaritans – Jews or gentiles?

Barry Kleinberg

Barry is an osteopath and lecturer at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been involved in informal Jewish education for nearly 25 years, and has been lecturing at the London School of Jewish studies for many years. Special interests include Jewish history and philosophy.

Wed 10:40: Jewish censorship of Jewish texts
Wed 13:30: Jewish readings of the New Testament

Surat-Shaan Knan

Surat-Shaan works for Liberal Judaism and is an international campaigner for faith related LGBTQI issues. Surat-Shaan is the founder of the pioneering Lottery Heritage projects, Rainbow Jews and Twilight People: Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary.

Tue 10:40: Colouring the Jewish tradition - reframing Jewish law in a LGBT context
Tue 17:40: A man should not wear the apparel of a woman - does the Torah really ban cross-dressing?
Tue 19:35: My Jewish transgender journey

Vince Knowles

Mon 20:50: A Torah of money

Max Kohanzad

Max is an unorthodox rabbi and modern-day spiritual mentor, maverick and kabbalah coach. Passionate about Judaism's spiritual message of love and oneness being connected to social action and environmental sustainability. He is currently working to create an organic yeshiva and eco retreat.

Sun 12:10: Organic yeshiva - Ohr Gani - eco retreat
Mon 10:40: Eating on Yom Kippur
Tue 10:40: Moshiach consciousness - meditation workshop
Wed 13:30: Judaism as loving God - workshop

Daniella Kolodny

Daniella is the director of rabbinic development for Masorti Judaism in the UK and Europe. Previously, she was a chaplain in the US Navy. She received rabbinic ordination from JTS in 2004. She now resides in London with her Limmud 'co-chair for life', Robert Owen.

Sat 16:00: Menuchah v'simchah - singing and learning the songs of Shabbat
Mon 12:10: Tales from the pulpit
Wed 18:55: Glass half full, glass half empty - the place of women in Judaism today

Haruna Komatsu

Haruna escaped her homeland to find inspiration and musical freedom in the birthplace of her hero David Bowie. A multi-instrumental clarinettist with an ability to turn her hand to many styles ranging from Japanese pop rock to Klezmer, you will be delighted by her fearless emotional virtuosity.

Wed 17:40: Jess Gold in concert

Halima Krausen

After studying Islamic law and theology, Halima served as the imam for the German-speaking Muslim community for 20 years. She has been, and still is teaching at colleges and in study circles in Germany and the UK, and is involved in several interfaith initiatives.

Sun 18:55: Can we speak of 'the Abrahamic faiths'?
Mon 16:20: A Muslim reads the Bible - Jonah (1 of 2)
Tue 13:30: A Muslim reads the Bible - Job (2 of 2)

Amy Kronish

Amy Kronish lectures and writes widely on film and is the author of two books on Israeli film. She served for 15 years as the curator of Jewish and Israeli film at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. She has an MA in communications from New York University (1973), and has lived in Jerusalem since 1979.

Mon 16:20: [+]'Transit' (93 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 20:50: Understanding each other - Arabs and Jews
Tue 14:50: [+]Jewish-Christian relations today. Film and discussion
Tue 19:35: Lens on Israel - contemporary issues in Israeli society through film

Ron Kronish

Ron Kronish is the founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), and now senior advisor of the new ICCI, a department of Rabbis for Human Rights. He is a noted rabbi, author and speaker. He has lived in Jerusalem for the past 36 years.

Sat 20:15: Is Arab-Jewish coexistence within Israel still possible?
Mon 10:40: The other peace process - interreligious dialogue in the service of peace
Tue 14:50: [+]Jewish-Christian relations today. Film and discussion

Maytal Kuperard

Israeli born, London raised Maytal is passionate about people, community and social innovation. She works at JHub and has spent a year living in China representing the JDC, and has chaired Limmud China 2014. She co-founded Jewish East London and co-chaired Grassroots Jews this year.

Mon 16:20: What do the Great Wall of China, an island in the Philippines and a synagogue in Turkey have in common?

Annette Kurer

A global leadership consultant and motivational speaker who qualified as a dentist, before managing multi-million pound businesses in the corporate world (for Unilever). She focuses on supporting women’s growth from mid-management to C-suite and beyond, developing confidence and gravitas on returning to work.

Wed 12:10: Worriers to warriors - how can women gain confidence to speak up, be heard and achieve their full potential?

Leoni Kurt

Leoni is the House of Commons Select Committees Outreach Manager - working to inspire public participation with Select Committee work. She has also worked as the second clerk on the Science and Technology, and Defence Select Committees.

Fri 21:00: Christmas - should the Jewish community accommodate or dissociate?

Vivi Lachs

Teacher and educational advisor for 25 years and just completed a PhD analysing Anglo-Yiddish popular culture 1884-1914. Lectures nationally and internationally on education and Anglo-Yiddish culture. She sings Yiddish songs of London with Klezmer Klub and Cockney-Yiddish music hall with Katsha’nes.

Sun 10:50: [+]Yiddish cinema: 'Too early to be quiet, too late to sing' (53 mins) / 'Mamale' (100 mins)
Mon 20:50: Anglo-Yiddish popular culture - Morris Winchevsky
Wed 13:30: Anglo-Yiddish popular culture - Cockney-Yiddish music hall
Thu 09:30: Anglo-Yiddish popular culture - singing 'Old Solomon Levy'

Kalela Lancaster

Kalela is director of strategic engagement at New Israel Fund (NIF) UK. Prior to this she worked for NIF's operational arm, Shatil, in Tel Aviv, where she guided social change organisations and activists through strategic consulting and training processes.

Wed 10:40: [+]A stranger in a strange land - what is our responsibility regarding the refugee crisis in Israel?
Wed 14:50: Garnering social change in Israel - a toolkit for professionals

Juliet Landau-Pope

Juliet Landau-Pope is a certified coach and study skills expert. She teaches social sciences at the Open University, and helps busy people to declutter their space and their schedules.

Tue 09:20: How to prepare for exams - revision strategies and stress management tips
Wed 12:10: Jewish clutter - and how to manage it

Yoav Landau-Pope

Yoav is a clinical psychologist, trained in Israel, living and working in London. Currently in private practice as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant to various Jewish organisation. Special interests include community mental health, immigration, multiculturalism, political trauma, human rights.

Mon 22:15: Loneliness - can we face it?

Tami Lapid-Fuehrer

Born in Israel and raised internationally, Tami is the Jewish Agency's aliyah advisor, assisting hundreds over the years. She previously worked in Israel's ministry of interior as advisor to the executive director, and in the Knesset as a parliamentary advisor. She has an MBA and a degree in economics.

Tue 09:20: The adventure of making aliyah - everything you wanted to know

Levi Lauer

Levi has lived in Jerusalem since 1976, and is the founding executive director of ATZUM-Justice Works, which sustains the Roberta Project for Survivors of Terror. Also involved in the righteous among the nations project; beit midrash TAKUM for social activists; and the task force on human trafficking and prostitution.

Mon 13:30: What do you propose we do to address your most urgent concern about Israel?
Mon 20:50: Combatting sex trafficking and prostitution in Israel
Tue 13:30: Why Jewish service for children in the slums of India?
Tue 17:40: Models for tzdaka and caring - new horizons and new partnerships
Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?
Wed 16:20: Love of the other

John Launer

John is a doctor, family therapist, educator and writer. His biography, 'Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein', was launched at the Freud Museum and the NY Psychoanalytic Institute. It was the focus of a panel discussion at Jewish Book Week and has had superb reviews.

Wed 10:40: Sabina Spielrein - sex object or woman of genius?
Wed 13:30: [+]'Look at us now, Mother' (86 mins) and panel discussion.

Adam Lawton

Adam is a doctor working in Watford for the past two years. He has just married and following a discussion with his wife about patriarchy and feminism, decided to take his wife's surname. He lives in Muswell Hill with his wife Anna, and they have a growing collection of board games.

Sat 14:45: Let's talk about names! (and the things I've learnt after taking my wife's name)

Clive Lawton

One of the founders of Limmud, now its senior consultant, Clive is scholar-in-residence at JW3, and chief executive of the Commonwealth Jewish Council. He's a broadcaster, educator, writer, international consultant on educational and organisational development.

Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Mon 14:50: Give 'em a foot and they'll take a festival! (1 of 3)
Tue 10:40: Words worth hearing - 'Angel Levine', by Bernard Malamud (2 of 3)
Tue 14:50: Give 'em a foot and they'll take a festival (2 of 3)
Wed 10:40: Is anything off limits in a Limmud programme?
Wed 14:50: Give 'em a foot and they'll take a festival! (3 of 3)

Ilan Lazarus

Ilan improvises, arranges and directs music in groups of all sizes since 1992, using piano, voice, tables, walls, ribcage, abdomen, cello and inner voice. In 2012 he bought in to the fulfillment of potential as a human imperative. In 2015 he learned what listening is and where music comes from. (Ask)

Sun 18:55: Love of the land
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Jonathon Leader

Jonathon is mazkir of Habonim Dror UK, and a New Israel Fund activism fellow. He's spoken at university talks as well as the We Believe in Israel conference; his focus is bringing the voices for social justice in Israel to the diaspora, as well as Israel education more broadly.

Mon 12:10: Zionist youth movements: how are they good for the community and what is their Zionism?
Wed 10:40: Judaism without halacha

Shirley Lee

Shirley is an education consultant and project developer, and a QA consultant. Formerly a principal lecturer at Roehampton University, she is proposer and chair of governors for Mosaic Jewish Primary School in south west London.

Mon 10:40: Mosaic Jewish Primary School - a faith school for our times

Michal Lemberger

Michal is a writer, editor and teacher. She is the author of 'After Abel and Other Stories', published in April 2015. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a PhD from UCLA and teaches at the American Jewish University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Sun 20:50: King David - not the hero you think he is
Mon 10:40: Book talk - after Abel and other stories
Tue 22:15: Biblical mothers and motherhood
Wed 13:30: [+]'Look at us now, Mother' (86 mins) and panel discussion.
Wed 17:40: Gendered justice in the Book of Ruth

Joey Leskin

Joey is currently serving in Turkey for the Joint Distribution Committee. He is working to enhance youth leadership initiatives, as well as being a resource to the wider community. He has a BA and an MA in international relations and global development from Nottingham University, and in 2013 was an RSY-Netzer movement worker.

Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales
Mon 14:50: Does size really matter?
Mon 16:20: What do the Great Wall of China, an island in the Philippines and a synagogue in Turkey have in common?

Jemma Levene

Tue 09:20: Confronting antisemitic protests and discourse: Golders Green Together onwards

Shaun Levin

Shaun is the author of 'Seven Sweet Things' and 'A Year of Two Summers', amongst other works. A South African writer in London, he lived for many years in Israel and wrote for Ha'Aretz. He's the creator of 'Writing Maps' and recently launched his series of guides for writers, 'The Writing Notebooks'.

Mon 16:20: [+]How to write a book - a practical workshop (1 of 2)
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Wed 16:20: [+]How to write a book - a practical workshop (2 of 2)

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Andrew Levine

Andrew is an entrepreneur, business consultant and a specialist in banking systems. He holds a number of international patents and presents regularly on technical and social topics. He has worked and lived around the globe, including in Canada, USA, China, South America and the UK.

Sun 09:30: 'Being fleeced by a Jew' is a profound compliment. A recent history that will change your heart.

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Mellissa Levitt

Mellissa started ballroom and Latin dancing in her first year at University, five years ago. She has gone on to win many competitions and awards competing on the university and UK national dancing circuit. She now works in insurance, and regularly trains and competes in the evenings and on weekends.

Sun 18:55: Ballroom and Latin dancing
Tue 18:55: Ballroom and Latin dancing

Mordechai Levovitz

Mordechai is executive director of Jewish Queer Youth, a nonprofit for LGBT youth in the Orthodox Jewish community, providing support groups, crisis resources and educational initiatives. In April he spearheaded the first Orthodox mental health conference on sexuality and gender identity.

Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?
Sun 16:20: [+]'Oriented' (140 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 12:10: How to talk to Orthodox rabbis about homosexuality and gender identity
Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Tue 16:20: Helping at-risk LGBTQ Jewish youth
Wed 12:10: Can sexuality or gender be changed through psychotherapy?

Beth Levy

Beth is a bogeret (graduate) of the zionist youth movement RSY-Netzer, currently a student at University College London, studying Jewish history. This summer she went on the Yachad student trip to the West Bank with around 30 other students.

Wed 16:20: Yachad youth - our experiences in the West Bank

Maxine Levy

Maxine has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. An experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher, she runs classes and workshops in London and abroad, specialising also in working with the breath - ‘pranayama’.

Mon 13:30: It's All in the Breath – Jewish Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement.
Wed 10:40: Hatha Yoga for All – Mindfulness in Motion

Mike Levy

Mike is a writer, playwright, heritage researcher and Holocaust educator. He has run history projects for communities, schools, towns and villages. His play 'We Must Save the Children' was produced at JW3 last Yom HaShoah. He is currently doing a PhD on pre-war local refugee committees.

Mon 13:30: From Hitler to Hi-De-Hi?
Tue 17:40: Great Jewish lyricists 2

Natan Levy

Natan is the interfaith and social action manager for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and chair of the Jewish Social Action Forum. He co-wrote 'Sharing Eden:Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims'. He is pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University.

Sun 16:20: Refugees welcome here? How Britain imprisons people seeking asylum
Mon 14:50: Is climate change a Jewish problem?
Mon 19:35: The holy land letter - can Jews and Christians talk sanely and honestly about Israel and Palestine?
Tue 09:20: Radical extremism - is it a Jewish problem?
Tue 12:10: The talmudic campaign to end indefinite detention
Tue 17:40: Zionism - a Muslim perspective
Wed 18:55: Can a Christian daven?

Ben Lewis

Ben is a movement worker for RSY-Netzer - the youth movement he joined for Israel Tour and has been inspired by ever since. He recently graduated with a master's degree in chemistry from Cambridge, but now focuses on helping others form their own bonds with Judaism.

Tue 19:35: Israeli government - the challenge
Wed 22:15: Classic shira

Miri Lewis

Miri is a project manager working with Hebrew manuscripts at the British Library. She has been involved in Grassroots Jews' independent, community led High Holy Days services for the past five years, and was co-chair in 2015.

Sun 14:50: These (of Hillel) and those (of Shammai) are both the living words of God
Mon 22:15: From medieval parchment to digital image - opening up access to Hebrew manuscripts in the British Library

Stuart Lewis

Though not a professional musician, Stu Lewis has been a life-long music fan. For several years he has written guidebooks for each production of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, and he has lectured frequently on behalf of the Lyric Opera Guild.

Sun 10:50: Leonard Bernstein - Jewish composer

Daniel Lichman

Daniel is a fourth year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. His experiences in diverse Jewish communities - including RSY-Netzer, Moishe House London, Grassroots Jews, Adamah and Pardes - have shaped his evolving approach to Jewish learning and life.

Mon 20:50: A Torah of money
Tue 16:20: Listening and struggling: a Shema meditation
Wed 09:20: Texts that hurt us
Wed 14:50: But will God really dwell on earth?

Rebecca Lillian

Rebecca, a native Chicagoan, has lived in Malmö, 'the Chicago of Sweden', since 2011. Her training as a Reconstructionist rabbi and a multicultural educationalist fuel her passion for multifaith and inter-ethnic experiences, such as sharing text study, liturgy, music and, of course, food.

Fri 21:00: Christmas - should the Jewish community accommodate or dissociate?
Sat 21:30: An imam, a priest, and a rabbi drink coffee in Malmö

Limmud Chavruta Project

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from all over the world invite you to explore the theme 'War and Peace'.

Sat 11:30: Limmud Chavruta – speed dating
Sun 16:20: Limmud Chavruta Project launch learning party: War and conflict (1 of 4)
Mon 09:20: Early morning Chavruta: Making war (2 of 4)
Mon 13:30: Limmud Chavruta: Making war (2 of 4)
Mon 23:50: Late night Chavruta: Making war (2 of 4)
Tue 09:20: Early morning Chavruta: Making peace (3 of 4)
Tue 13:30: Limmud Chavruta: Making peace (3 of 4)
Tue 23:50: Late night Chavruta: Making peace (3 of 4)
Wed 09:20: Early morning Chavruta: Keeping peace (4 of 4)
Wed 13:30: Limmud Chavruta: Keeping peace (4 of 4)
Wed 23:50: Late night Chavruta: Keeping peace (4 of 4)

Limmud Cinema

Films at Limmud 2015 is delighted to bring you a range of stimulating and enjoyable films, old and new, including two UK premières from Israel and the US: 'Oriented' and 'Flory's Flame'. Please note - most of these are double sessions. See individual handbook entries for exact start and finish times.

Sun 10:50: [+]Yiddish cinema: 'Too early to be quiet, too late to sing' (53 mins) / 'Mamale' (100 mins)
Sun 16:20: [+]'Oriented' (140 mins) and panel discussion
Sun 22:15: [+]Classic cinema at Limmud: the Marx Brothers - Duck Soup (68 mins) and Animal Crackers (97 mins)
Mon 10:40: [+]'Calais - The Last Border' (59 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 22:15: [+]Classic cinema: sing-along 'Fiddler on the Roof' (181 mins)
Tue 10:40: 'Flory's Flame' - UK première
Tue 12:10: 'Finding Mike' (42 mins) and discussion
Tue 23:50: Woody Allen - stand-up comedy 1964-68 (audio; 76 mins)
Wed 16:20: [+]'The Merchant of Venice 2015' (130 mins) - starring Makram J Khoury

Limmud Daf Yomi Team

Daf Yomi is the worldwide study of a set page of Talmud each day. During Limmud Conference, it is Masechet Gittin's turn to be discussed, debated and digested. Each session will be facilitated by a fantastic text teacher. Come along if you are regularly studying, or if you want dip in and have a go!

Sat 14:45: Daf Yomi - Gittin 13
Sun 12:10: Daf Yomi - Gittin 14
Mon 12:10: Daf Yomi - Gittin 15
Tue 12:10: Daf Yomi - Gittin 16
Wed 12:10: Daf Yomi - Gittin 17

Limmud Development and Connection Team

The Limmud development and connection team supports Limmud communities worldwide, both individually and collectively. At Conference, we will be creating a platform to engage in challenging issues, strategic thinking and relationship building in order to strengthen the global Limmud community.

Fri 17:40: Limmud Volunteer Shabbat Meet and Greet - NOT TO BE PRINTED IN HANDBOOK
Sun 18:55: Limmud development and connection programme opening session
Mon 10:40: Is Limmud the answer?
Mon 12:10: Why your Limmud needs a board (in addition to an event team)
Mon 14:50: Crisis management and media response for Limmud teams
Mon 16:20: Engaging teens and children at Limmud
Mon 17:40: One Limmud, many Limmuds (1 of 3)
Tue 10:40: Compiling the oral tradition of Limmud values and their practical implementation
Tue 12:10: Do you need to raise funds for your Limmud? If yes, this is how.
Tue 14:50: Getting the word out - how to market your Limmud event
Tue 16:20: Media for your Limmud - ask the insiders
Tue 17:40: One Limmud, many Limmuds (2 of 3)
Wed 10:40: Is anything off limits in a Limmud programme?
Wed 12:10: Limmud and Shabbat
Wed 14:50: Balancing skills and experience within Limmud teams
Wed 16:20: Someone could get a masters if they wrote about Limmud
Wed 17:40: One Limmud, many Limmuds (3 of 3)

Limmud Galil

The Limmud Galil delegation from the UJIA-Jewish Agency Northern Galil-Great Britain Partnership is a group of Galilee women from various backgrounds. Their experiences at Limmud UK enrich their volunteer leadership in year-round activities, and at the annual conference of Limmud Galil in Israel.

Mon 12:10: Inspiring women

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat team is delighted to present to you an array of sessions to help enhance your Shabbat experience. We are here to support you in making the most out of your Shabbat experience. Please feel free to find a member of the team to let us know how we are doing, or just to have a chat.

Fri 12:10: Arts and crafts
Fri 12:10: What is Shabbat?
Fri 12:10: Site satnav
Fri 12:10: Nosh and natter!
Fri 13:30: Arts and crafts
Fri 13:30: Site satnav
Fri 13:30: What is Shabbat?
Fri 13:30: Nosh and natter!
Fri 14:45: Candle lighting
Fri 15:45: This is not the Shabbat service
Fri 17:15: Welcome Kiddush
Fri 17:40: Board game marathon 1
Fri 21:00: Board game marathon 2
Fri 23:40: Games that you played when you were young (and they are still fun now)
Fri 23:40: Late night schmooze fest
Fri 23:40: DIY chavruta
Sat 08:30: Shabbat schmooze
Sat 08:30: Early morning run
Sat 10:00: Blessing walk
Sat 11:00: Saturday morning Kiddush
Sat 11:30: Board game marathon 3
Sat 14:15: Shabbat schmooze
Sat 14:45: Board game marathon 4
Sat 16:00: Speed dating seudah
Sat 16:00: Seudah
Sat 17:30: Havdalah
Sat 20:15: Arts and crafts
Sat 20:15: Comedy improv games
Sat 21:30: Arts and crafts
Sat 22:45: Saturday night boogie
Sat 22:45: Quiz night

Limmud Social Programming

The social programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience. From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus sat nav to discos, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!

Sun 10:50: Site satnav
Sun 13:30: Site satnav
Sun 14:50: Welcome to Limmud!
Sun 16:20: Site satnav
Sun 17:40: Site satnav
Sun 18:55: Dine and Discuss
Sun 20:50: Limmoustic Acoustics
Sun 20:50: Karaoke
Sun 20:50: Matchmaker, matchmaker ... (age 21-35)
Sun 20:50: Matchmaker, matchmaker ... (age 50+)
Sun 20:50: Queer social space
Sun 23:50: Comedy improv
Mon 10:40: Site satnav
Mon 13:30: Dine and Discuss
Mon 14:50: Crafternoon tea
Mon 16:20: Stitch and kvetch
Mon 17:40: Sardines
Mon 17:40: Oh what a day ...
Mon 20:50: Limmoustic Acoustics
Mon 20:50: Matchmaker, matchmaker ... (age 31-45)
Mon 22:15: Cocktail making
Mon 23:50: Midnight pub quiz
Tue 10:40: Site satnav
Tue 14:50: Bridge and kaluki
Tue 16:20: Oh what a day ...
Tue 18:55: Dine and Discuss
Tue 20:50: Limmoustic Acoustics
Tue 20:50: Matchmaker, matchmaker ... (age 41-55)
Tue 22:15: Queer social space
Tue 23:50: Midnight feast
Tue 23:50: The silent disco
Wed 13:30: Dine and Discuss
Wed 14:50: Crafternoon tea
Wed 16:20: Stitch and kvetch
Wed 17:40: Oh what a day ...
Wed 22:15: Cocktail making
Wed 22:15: Hot chocolate by the lake
Wed 22:15: Last night party

Limmud Volunteers Team

The whole of Conference is run by volunteers. From a core steering group, to hundreds of Conference Makers to thousands of volunteers just like you.

Sat 20:15: Arrivals volunteers bootcamp
Sat 21:30: The Limmud bag packing party
Sun 14:50: Conference Maker briefing

Yael Lin

Yael Lin gained her PhD from New School University, New York, in 2008. She is author of 'The Intersubjectivity of Time: Levinas and Infinite Responsibility' (Duquesne University Press, 2013); 'Time and Human Existence' (Resling Publishing, forthcoming); and is editor of 'Levinas Faces Biblical Figures' (Lexington Books, 2014).

Sun 19:35: 70 years after the end of the Shoah, where does theology stand?
Mon 10:40: The banality of evil - Hanna Arendt
Tue 09:20: The other and me - Levinas' ethics of responsibility
Wed 14:50: God and faith after Auschwitz - Hans Jonas

Deborah Lipstadt

Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University and the author of 'Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Holocaust', 'Denying the Holocaust', 'The Eichmann Trial' and 'History on Trial' (which BBC Films is making into a film with a David Hare screenplay).

Sun 16:20: Holocaust memoir - Sara Kofman's 'Rue Ordener, Rue Labat'
Sun 18:55: [+]Ahead of Time
Mon 12:10: Hannah Arendt - why do we keep talking about her and the banality of evil?
Mon 18:55: People of the book
Tue 10:40: What should the Jewish people, as a people, do next?
Tue 13:30: The Eichmann trial
Tue 18:55: Holocaust denial today - a structural analyis
Wed 10:40: Holocaust - an American understanding
Wed 19:35: Contemporary antisemitism - how real a threat?

Sophie Lipton

Sophie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a degree in Middle East studies. She is now the Jeneration fieldworker at the Movement for Reform Judaism, where she works with Reform and progressively minded students around the UK.

Wed 13:30: Do we really look after our students on campus?

Dagan Livny

Dagan is the Jewish Agency's shlichah to FZY. She was born and raised in Israel, and served in the IDF as an education officer in the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. She has a BA in Middle East studies, sociology and anthropology. Her last position was as coordinator in the Perach mentoring project.

Thu 10:45: How did we become a start up nation? An anthropological view on Israeli and Jewish creativity

London Jewish Male Choir

The London Jewish Male Choir has a long history of entertaining audiences with a broad range of Jewish music. Today we perform a diverse repertoire of Jewish music including Yiddish, musical theatre, cantorial, folk music and contemporary music - always performed to the highest standard.

Tue 18:55: The London Jewish Male Choir in concert

Harris Lorie

Harris loves Limmud as a student, presenter and volunteer. He was Conference programming co-chair in 2013. He's a proud member of Kehillat Nashira Partnership Minyan in Borehamwood, and works as a programme manager for Spirit of 2012 - a charitable trust keeping the Olympic legacy alive.

Tue 12:10: 'Flexitarianism' - a Jewish way of eating meat?

Miriam Lorie

Miriam is a co-founder of the Borehamwood Partnership Minyan. She works for Cambridge University's interfaith programme, and read theology at the university. She studied for a year in Jerusalem's Midreshet Harova, and is a graduate of the Susi Bradfield Fellowship at the London School of Jewish Studies.

Wed 18:55: Glass half full, glass half empty - the place of women in Judaism today
Thu 09:30: Stories of starting a partnership minyan

Benji Lovitt

Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences in North America and Israel, including Hillels, Birthright, and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on Israel have been featured on Israeli TV and radio, and in publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Fri 22:15: Improv, icebreakers, and fun things that begin with "I"
Sun 10:50: The city vs start-up nation - dealing with cultural differences
Sun 22:15: What war zone??? Standup comedy with Benji Lovitt
Mon 19:35: Because the Middle East is funny - explore Israeli history through comedy

Abigail Magrill

Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Avram Mandell

Avram is the founding director of Tzedek America, a Jewish social justice and post-high school gap year travel programme, based in Los Angeles. Avram holds a masters in Jewish education from the Hebrew Union College and a bachelor of science in marketing from Miami University.

Sat 21:30: Game-changing games
Sun 09:30: Ometz lev – courage of the heart
Sun 14:50: The power of smell in Judaism - a trip down memory lane
Mon 22:15: Jewish Comedy – come learn how to write a stand-up joke
Wed 14:50: InstaJew - Millennial Jews. What’s app’ening with them and why you should care

Jill Mann

Jill worked for ten years in project management and training roles in the corporate sector, before joining the Leeds based charity Together for Peace (T4P) in 2005. With T4P she has managed a wide range of projects and processes bringing people together to deepen understanding and have dialogue.

Tue 13:30: Three women walk into a cafe - one Muslim, one Christian, one Jew ... it's no joke
Tue 17:40: Creating a home for those who are yet to find theirs yet; the ToastLoveCoffee story

John Mann

John Mann has been the MP for Bassetlaw since 2001. He has been chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism for ten years and has commissioned the two major UK inquiries into antisemitism. His book 'Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred' was published by Bloomsbury in August.

Mon 10:40: Antisemitism now - in conversation with John Mann MP
Mon 12:10: The Arena @ Limmud

Ezra Margulies

Ezra recently graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Jewish studies.

Tue 20:50: Exploring liturgy

Maurice Markham

Maurice has gone from Limmud newbie to wildly avid supporter and volunteer in just a few short years. He particularly loves the summer event, currently Limmud in the Woods, known before that as Fest. Maurice designs personal development and management skills training, facilitates team awaydays, and he's a coach.

Mon 19:35: Limmud in the Woods ... Limmud in the summer

Olivia Marks-Woldman

I am a long-term Limmudnik, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, community volunteer and mum of three young Limmudniks.

Wed 17:40: One-day wonders

Joshua Marks

Joshua is a resources co-chair on this year's Conference steering group and has been working in Madrid for the last five months. He was once FZY Mazkir. He likes single malt and the West Wing.

Sun 18:55: Around the world in seven tales

Laura Marks

Laura founded Mitzvah Day in 2008, and this year co-launched a new project - Nisa-Nashim, a Jewish/Muslim women's network. A bit of a communal 'junkie', Laura is focused on building commumity, on integration and on making the world just a little bit better.

Sun 17:40: United we stand - can British Jews ever come together except by leaving God at the door?
Mon 12:10: We need to talk about BRCA (panel)
Tue 13:30: The Muslim/Jewish divide in Britain - can women make a difference?
Wed 17:40: One-day wonders

Samantha Martin

Sam is the community engagement coordinator at World Jewish Relief. She loves going out into the community, meeting new people and spreading the word about World Jewish Relief’s work. Having grown up emerged in her local community, she loves to find new ways to get involved so she can give something back.

Mon 13:30: Easy meals that change the world
Thu 09:30: Eastern European Jews, refugees, Rwandan genocide victims - one choice - which would you choose?

Dalia Marx

Dalia has a PhD and is an associate professor of liturgy and midrash at Hebrew Union College - JIR in Jerusalem, teaches in various institutions in Israel and Europe and is active in promoting liberal Judaism. A 10th generation Jerusalemite, Dalia is at Limmud in partnership with the Lyons Institute.

Sun 10:50: Where was Sarah - Israeli poetry on Sarah and the Akedah
Sun 20:50: The ever-evolving language of prayer - the prayer of Susanna - faith and voyeurism (1 of 3)
Mon 12:10: Tales from the pulpit
Tue 09:20: The ever-evolving language of prayer - Kaddish - from the Rhine valley to the Jezreel valley (2 of 3)
Wed 12:10: The ever-evolving language of prayer - the Prayer for the State of Israel - test case for tense liturgical innovation (3 of 3)

Joseph Mazor

Joe is an assistant professor of philosophy and political science at the London School of Economics. His main area of research is distributive justice, but he also works on topics such as media ethics, bioethics, and the ethics of boycotts.

Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Sat 14:45: Shabbat zmirot
Sun 13:30: The ethics of circumcision
Tue 20:50: The ethics of boycotting Israel

Oded Mazor

Oded, of the Leo Baeck Educational Center in Haifa, teaches Judaism to all ages in the Center and all around Israel.

Mon 14:50: Creating a single-use tfila – a workshop
Mon 22:15: Can we always pray for someone's health? Should we?
Tue 13:30: The Borders of Shabbat and the Borders of Our Pluralism
Wed 10:40: New paradigms of prayer - LGBTQ liturgy and rituals (3 of 3)
Thu 09:30: Animals as role models in Jewish tradition

Yossi Mekelberg

Yossi is the director of the international relations programme at Regent’s University, London. He is also an associate fellow of the MENA programme at Chatham House. He writes a weekly column for the Al Arabiya network, and appears regularly in the international media.

Tue 12:10: Israel and its neighbours
Tue 13:30: Israel in its international context

Gillian Merron

Chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Gillian previously held office as a minister at the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the Cabinet Office, Department for Transport, and as minister of state for public health.

Tue 09:20: What does devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland really mean for the Jewish community?
Tue 13:30: Delegitimisation of Israel on campus and in academia: how to engage
Tue 18:55: My son fought so-called Islamic state

Eginsu Meyer

Eginsu made aliyah from Ethiopia and served in the IDF as an officer before working for the Tsofim, and coordinating immigrant absorption for the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality. She is the UK director of Habayta - the world Zionist organisation. She has a degree in behavioural science and management.

Mon 09:20: On the wings of an eagle – a modern day exodus - my family story
Mon 17:40: Strictly Ethiopian dancing

Joel Curtis Meyer

Joel is the Jewish Agency educational coordinator. He is married to Eginsu and proud father to Eliya and Lishan. He has a degree in international history and politics, is a licensed tour guide in Israel, and has lectured, guided and facilitated individuals and groups in Israel, and across the world.

Sun 12:10: Israel - the inside story
Sun 16:20: Introduction to the youth movement track
Mon 09:20: On the wings of an eagle – a modern day exodus - my family story
Mon 14:50: Israel - soundtrack to a nation
Mon 17:40: Strictly Ethiopian dancing
Tue 09:20: Zionist dreams and Israeli nightmares, Israeli dreams and Zionist nightmares

Charles H Middleburgh

Charles is dean of Leo Baeck College and senior lecturer in Bible and liturgy; founder rabbi of Congregation Shir HaTzaphon in Copenhagen and a former executive director of Liberal Judaism, he is the rabbi emeritus of Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation.

Wed 13:30: Jeremiah was a bullfrog
Wed 17:40: Amos - gentle pastoralist or hardened operator?

Helena Miller

Helena Miller is director of research, evaluation and community Israel engagement at UJIA. She has taught and written widely, is the senior editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, chair of Women in Jewish Leadership Gender Equality Plan, and past co-chair of Limmud International.

Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Tue 16:20: How to write a scholarly article

Stephen Miller

Steve is Emeritus Professor of Social Research at City University. His research interests include the measurement of Jewish identity, the impact of Jewish education on identity, and the social and political attitudes of British Jews. He is co-author of a 2015 study of attitudes to Israel.

Tue 14:50: What do British Jews really think about Israel? (1 of 2)

Ben Millis

Ben is an A-level student from south-east London. When he was 18 months old, he had his first long walk in Jerusalem - from the Supreme Court to the Knesset. He has spent a lot of time in Israel because he has close family there. He is deeply interested in Israeli history, and loves intense debates.

Sun 14:50: Dear adults - a teenager's thoughts on aliyah

Minim

Minim is the UK’s pluralist, Jewish, mixed choir. These young singers span the religious spectrum and bring experience from the UK’s top choirs - but are united by a passion for Jewish choral music. They're returning to perform after their Limmud debut last year. The Jewish choral revolution starts here.

Mon 14:50: Sing with Minim!
Mon 19:35: Hallelujah! A musical journey through the psalms

Dolf Mogendorff

Dolf Mogendorff JP PhD FRSA was born in Holland in 1946, the son of Holocaust survivors in hiding. He has been presenting on various aspects of the Dutch Jewish Holocaust experience for some 20 years. A sociologist, former professor of management and company director, he is now retired.

Sun 10:50: In hiding - the story of a Jewish couple surviving in hiding in Holland during WW2

Rachel Montagu

Rachel teaches Biblical Hebrew at City Lit, Ealing Abbey and to private students; and volunteers in the archives of the Sephardi congregation. She studied at Leo Baeck, Machon Pardes and Heythrop. She lives in London with her husband Francis Treuherz (they met at Limmud), their two sons and many books.

Sun 09:30: How the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community of London supported its poor during the 18th and 19th centuries
Sun 18:55: Building and constructing your knowledge of biblical Hebrew nouns (1 of 2)
Mon 16:20: Building and constructing your knowledge of biblical Hebrew verbs (2 of 2)

Jumana Moon

Jumana is a Muslim storyteller, telling stories from sacred texts, folktales and devotional poetry. She is a co-founder of COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims) and also works as a school counsellor.

Mon 14:50: COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims) - reaching across a divide

Sara Moon

Sara is a 25 year old cycling adventurer. She has just returned to the UK after cycling to Palestine/Israel from Sheffield, spending seven months living in the West Bank and cycling home again whilst exploring Jewish history in the Balkans. Sara is now seeking Jewish adventures in Manchester.

Sun 14:50: To Palestine with love
Tue 10:40: Remapping the nakba

Josh Moritz

Josh grew up in Manchester, and now lives in London! Josh currently works for Moishe House (a leading organisation in Jewish young adult engagement and innovation) as regional director: global communities. Elsewhere, Josh is a trainee psychotherapist, guitarist and football aficionado!

Sun 14:50: These (of Hillel) and those (of Shammai) are both the living words of God

Abigail Morris

Since becoming chief executive of the Jewish Museum in London, Abigail has worked to have the museum represent the the entire Jewish community, as well as face out to the wider world, by engaging with urgent questions of identity and heritage. She has three girls and is a keen runner.

Sun 16:20: Blood - uniting and dividing
Mon 08:00: V'yarutz v'yomer - he ran and he talked, or, run and chat
Mon 12:10: We need to talk about BRCA (panel)
Tue 08:00: V'yarutz v'yomer - he ran and he talked; or, run and chat
Tue 10:40: Blood ties - the Jewish family in art and literature
Wed 08:00: V'yarutz v'yomer - he ran and he talked, or, run and chat

Patrick Morrow

Patrick is an Anglican priest with parish and hospital chaplaincy roles in London. He has involvement in the Council of Christians and Jews and the International Council of Christians and Jews, latterly as theological writer. He goes to shul when he can.

Sun 18:55: Can we speak of 'the Abrahamic faiths'?
Mon 19:35: The holy land letter - can Jews and Christians talk sanely and honestly about Israel and Palestine?
Wed 18:55: Can a Christian daven?

Robin Moss

Robin Moss is UJIA's head of Israel engagement, where he works to expand and deepen the vibrant conversation about Israel. He is on the Board of National Officers of Liberal Judaism, is a former LJY-Netzer movement worker and the co-chair of the religion and philosophy programming track for Limmud Conference.

Sun 19:35: Young Jews and the state of the State of Israel
Tue 09:20: Zionist dreams and Israeli nightmares, Israeli dreams and Zionist nightmares
Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?
Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?
Wed 18:55: The Ten Trends that Define Modern Israel

Stephen Muir

Stephen, senior lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Music, is the principal investigator for the £1.8 million AHRC-funded project ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’. He researches Jewish musicians who migrated from Eastern Europe to Southern Africa in the early 20th century.

Tue 13:30: Laughter in the ghetto - cabarets from a concentration camp

Alec Nacamuli

Alec has been an immigrant three times, and is now nationalised British, and resident in the UK. He has lived and worked extensively in the EU and is on the committee of London4Europe. He works for a major IT services company, and is also very interested in classical music and opera.

Sun 17:40: The EU - is the UK better in or out?
Mon 10:40: Kurt Weill - the cantor's son from Berlin to Broadway

Tali Nates

Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Tali was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in South Africa. She lectures internationally on Holocaust and genocide, and led many study tours to Europe and Rwanda. She has been passionately involved in Limmud for many years.

Sat 11:30: You are too left wing/central/right/extremist to be Jewish!
Sat 21:30: Memory, education, lessons for humanity - creating a different Holocaust and genocide centre in Africa
Mon 12:10: Why your Limmud needs a board (in addition to an event team)
Tue 16:20: [+]'Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz' - telling the stories of the Shoah through film and art

Or Nehushtan

Following his BA in psychology and political science, Or graduated from the Mandel Foundation MBA programme in social leadership from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Following a recent role as the director of the alumni organisation for the business faculty at Ben Gurion, he is now shaliach to the Leeds community.

Mon 16:20: Labour party versus Avoda party
Tue 10:40: Refugees in Israel - what can Europe learn from the Israeli case?

Julia Neuberger

Senior rabbi at West London Synagogue, the second woman rabbi in the UK, and the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. A cross-bench member of the House of Lords. Trustee of the Van Leer Foundation and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and trustee of the Walter & Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust.

Mon 12:10: Tales from the pulpit
Mon 14:50: Reading the death of Moses - palliative care in our texts

Jonathan Neumann

Jonathan writes and speaks on American and British politics, religion, Bible and theology, and Israel. His work has appeared in publications in the UK, US and Israel. He is an activist against BDS and antisemitism. He blogs at Commentary magazine

Sun 16:20: Should Israel be building more settlements?
Sun 17:40: Are two states feasible?
Wed 10:40: What's going on in US politics? issues that unite and divide US Jews
Wed 13:30: Is Limmud biased?

Jeffrey Newman

After 30 years as rabbi with Finchley Reform Synagogue, Jeffrey has increasingly been involved with interconnected global issues - climate, finance, population, biodiversity, environment. He is sustained by Jewish (and other) writers, some of whom he will be presenting at Limmud.

Tue 09:20: Hannah Arendt - writer, thinker, friend?
Wed 09:20: Martin Buber - writer, thinker, friend?

Margaret Newman

A sixth generation pupil of Beethoven, Margaret has performed at Wigmore Hall,the South Bank, throughout Britain and abroad. She has broadcast frequently, including in Israel. Her teaching career spans Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Master Classes in Thessaloniki.

Mon 14:50: From Bach to Carlebach - concert

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is an artist, and a Jewish educator, who uses art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways, and exhibits internationally. She co-ordinates arts and culture events at JW3, and teaches at LSJS. Jacqueline is a regular contributor to BBC R2's 'Pause for Thought'.

Sun 16:20: Blood - uniting and dividing
Mon 14:50: The wretched, the wicked, the weak - what are the worst portrayals of women in the Bible and can these readings be challenged?
Mon 17:40: Learn Talmud like an artist
Mon 23:50: The rebbetzins' disco
Tue 10:40: The New Venice Haggadah
Tue 16:20: Who's afraid of Jewish feminists?

Tue 19:35: The maiden with no eyes
Wed 14:50: Building on old foundations
Wed 19:35: Misogynist film club - this time it's personal

Ronit Ophir

Ronit is a singer, multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Over 40 years she has recorded 16 albums of Israeli classics and the songs of leading poets, collaborating with Sasha Argov, Natan Yonatan and Amos Oz. She has published two art albums that combine her interest in Jewish sources, art and music.

Sun 18:55: Love of the land
Mon 12:10: Home - midrash and song
Tue 16:20: Or (light) – Naomi Shemer in midrash and song
Wed 12:10: Shabbat - midrash and song

Adam Overlander-kaye

Adam is director of fundraising for Reform Judaism. He has an MA in Jewish studies from Leeds University and is a fellow of Brandeis University's Institute of Informal Jewish Education. Adam previously worked for UJIA, UJS, the Jewish Agency and Bnei Akiva. This is his 18th Limmud.

Sun 16:20: Would you adam and eve it? The real story of the Torah's first couple!
Wed 13:30: Do we really look after our students on campus?
Wed 17:40: The air over Jerusalem is saturated with prayers and dreams

Dan Patterson

Dan grew up in Habonim where he learned lots of songs. He then went into TV comedy where he made lots of programmes, including 'Whose Line is it Anyway' and 'Mock the Week'. Now he likes writing plays and leading song sessions at Limmud.

Mon 22:15: Old-fashioned late night singalong - Hebrew and English songs
Tue 22:15: Old fashioned late night singalong - again!

Louis Patterson

Louis has been a member of RSY-Netzer for almost a decade. Having participated in Shnat Netzer and dabbled in university life in Bristol, he is now RSY's community youth worker. Louis is also pursuing a non-Jewish career ... in television, working on Mock the Week.

Sun 16:20: How to build up youth in a community
Sun 22:15: Find your funny

Eden Pearlstein

Eden is a Brooklyn-based rapper, poet and educator, whose music has been referred to as 'an uncompromising blend of urban forms and neo-hasidic spirituality'. Additionally, Eden teaches in diverse communities ranging from renewal to hasidic. He is also a founding member of Darshan.

Fri 22:15: Friday night tish at The Hearth
Sat 11:30: Faith, doubt and fire - this week's parasha through the teachings of the Warsaw Ghetto rebbe
Sun 22:15: ePRHYME LIVE

Performing the Jewish Archive Project

Due to the manifold catastrophes of the twentieth century, many musical, theatrical and literary works by Jewish artists were thought lost or have languished in obscurity. Our team of thirteen international and interdisciplinary researchers aims to recover and engage anew with these artifacts.

Tue 13:30: Laughter in the ghetto - cabarets from a concentration camp

Lisa Peschel

Lisa is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. Her research focus is theatrical performance in the Terezín/Theresienstadt ghetto. She is co-investigator on the £1.8 million project 'Performing the Jewish Archive', funded by the AHRC.

Tue 13:30: Laughter in the ghetto - cabarets from a concentration camp

Denise Phillips

Denise is a renowned chef, food columnist and author of six cook books. Her regular cookery classes provide inspiration and new skills, plus Date On A Plate - unique cookery classes for singles is an excellent way of networking, cooking and meeting new people. www.jewishcookery.com

Tue 10:40: Salads for all occasions
Tue 14:50: Creative dinner party cooking

Michael Picardie

Michael was a lecturer and a senior lecturer teaching psychology to social work students at Oxford, Cardiff and Botswana Universities. He has an MPhil and a PhD on using psychoanalytic theory to understand South African drama and literature.

Wed 13:30: Kabbalah through yoga?

Adam Pike

Adam is the co-founder of SuperCarers, a service for families to find trusted carers, backed by the founders of Innocent Smoothie. He is the co-founder of social enterprise BeyondMe.org, a World Jewish Relief trustee and a former policy advisor in the UK government's Cabinet Office, a management consultant at Deloitte, and president of the Union of Jewish Students.

Sun 16:20: The care system is broken. How can we change it?
Mon 19:35: The Jewish community's response to the refugee crisis
Wed 16:20: Transforming lives in the Former Soviet Union

Roanne Pitluk

Roanne is from Miami, Florida and attended college in Washington DC. She is a board member of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Litugical Music. She lives in the Washington DC area and is married to Dr. Ramón Tasat.

Wed 17:40: Shalshelet makes a difference

Matt Plen

Matt is the chief executive of Masorti Judaism. He has worked in Jewish education for over 20 years, at institutions such as the Conservative Yeshiva, Melitz, Brandeis University and the Masorti High School in Jerusalem. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on Jewish social justice education.

Mon 17:40: Jewish justice - is there such a thing as Jewish ethics?
Tue 13:30: Philosophers who changed the Jewish world - Kant
Tue 16:20: Does Jerusalem work?
Wed 14:50: Judaism and social justice - what can we learn from the Catholics?

Marcia Plumb

Marcia is rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Boston, and at HebrewSeniorLife. Trained in mussar and Jewish meditation, she has taught both for many years in the UK, at Limmud, and in Boston. Join her online mussar class no matter where you live!

Mon 16:20: Mussar madness - how to use anger and forgive well (1 of 2)
Mon 17:40: Mussar madness - how to use anger and forgive well (2 of 2)
Tue 09:20: The art of ageing

Gabriel Pogrund

Gabriel is a proud member of the Jewish people.

Mon 13:30: The life of Moses Gaster in ten objects
Wed 18:55: Resilience

Stephen Pollard

Stephen is editor of the Jewish Chronicle, a British newspaper.

Tue 12:10: Jewish Chronicle leader conference

Nidra Poller

Nidra has been living in Paris since 1972. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from Johns Hopkins University. She's the author of works of fiction in English and in French and, since 2000, articles and books on current events. Published in dozens of prestigious media, including the Wall Street Journal Europe, New English Review, Times of Israel, Commentary, Midah.

Sun 22:15: The black flag of jihad stalks la république
Mon 13:30: Lethal narratives - the al Dura hoax updated
Tue 10:40: Peace-processing Iran
Tue 19:35: What future for European Jews in the face of rising antisemitism?
Wed 14:50: Blackmail by Jewish ethics

Tirtsa Posklinsky-Shehory

Tirtsa is a manager of programmes to develop employability, and has published 'Between grandpa and a dreidle', for Hebrew language study. She's an active participant in Limmud Galil Israel, and a fifth year student at Tmura institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, which trains secular Jewish leaders and secular rabbis.

Sat 20:15: Many faces. How many?
Mon 12:10: Playwriting in the spirit of Talmud

Anna Posner

Anna Posner is a rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. She was born and raised in Nottingham and studied drama and religious studies at Liverpool Hope University before spending two years as a movement worker for LJY-Nezter. She has recently returned from living in Israel.

Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Wed 12:10: Jewish themes in the West Wing

Riv-Ellen Prell

Riv-Ellen, an anthropologist, is professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of 'Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender and the Anxiety of Assimilation', 'Prayer and Community: the Havurah in American Judaism', among other publications about American Jews.

Sat 21:30: The race for the American presidency - where is it now?
Sun 12:10: The Jewish 1968 - legacies of the left and the counter culture on Jewish life in the US
Sun 22:15: 'A Serious Man' - unpacking place and theology in the 'most personal' film of Joel and Ethan Coen
Mon 20:50: Jewish women and the American labour movement - origins and visions
Tue 12:10: Jews, and the debate on the American campus over free speech

Naomi Raanan

Naomi has recently qualified as a primary school teacher in Birmingham and has now decided to pause her teaching career and try her hand at movement work for RSY-Netzer with a particular focus on Israel engagement, summer and winter camps, and schools.

Tue 16:20: The changing face of the classroom - the move towards informal education
Wed 22:15: Classic shira

Karen Radkowsky

Karen is a Limmud trustee, with responsibility for communications and partnerships. She has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents, and has advised Limmud teams around the globe. Karen is a founder and past president of Limmud NY and professionally heads her own market research consultancy.

Mon 12:10: Why your Limmud needs a board (in addition to an event team)
Tue 14:50: Getting the word out - how to market your Limmud event

Tessa Rajak

Tessa is a historian of the ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish worlds who has published widely on topics around the interaction between Jews and others. She's currently engaged on a book and a collective project about the uses of Josephus in later times.

Tue 20:50: The Masada story and Jewish identity

Sandy Rashty

Sandy is a journalist at the Jewish Chronicle. She is the newspaper's Movers and Shakers and Business editor. This year, she won the GG2 Young Journalist of the Year award, for pieces on extremism, domestic violence in the Jewish community, and her background as the British-born daughter of Iraqi Jews.

Tue 10:40: The international media and Israel - getting (or distorting) the story?

Onjali Rauf

Onjali is founder and CEO of Making Herstory – a women’s rights organisation working to end the abuse, trafficking and enslavement of women and girls worldwide. She was formerly campaigns manager for Women for Women International UK, and assistant editor for global publication at emel Magazine.

Tue 13:30: The Muslim/Jewish divide in Britain - can women make a difference?

Rachel Rose Reid

Rachel is the first Briton ordained by the Kohenet Institute, which reclaims and renews Jewish earth-based feminine spiritual practice and leadership. She co-founded Moishe House London and has led ritual and prayer, from Grassroots Jews to Burning Man. She's a professional storyteller and student soul midwife.

Fri 15:45: Songs and silence to welcome Shabbat
Fri 17:40: Yes, bless!
Fri 22:15: Friday night tish at The Hearth
Sat 10:00: Stretch and bless
Sun 10:50: Tales told to the magic carpet
Sun 22:15: Sing the night in
Mon 17:40: Yes, Bless!
Mon 23:50: The rebbetzins' disco
Wed 17:40: Altars, rituals, embodiment, earth
Wed 22:15: Space clearing and closing ritual

Alma Reisel

Alma is one of the co-directors of Keshet UK, the charity working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in all aspects of Jewish life. She is a social worker in east London, a Limmud regular, a Jewish educator, a lover of literature, and an origami enthusiast.

Fri 21:00: The life of a stranger - Hagar's fate in Jewish sources
Sun 14:50: These (of Hillel) and those (of Shammai) are both the living words of God
Mon 16:20: Approaches to Leviticus 18:22
Tue 16:20: How to have a Jewish wedding that expresses your values
Tue 17:40: A man should not wear the apparel of a woman - does the Torah really ban cross-dressing?
Wed 13:30: What does the F-word mean to you?
Wed 17:40: Poetry of pain and Yom Kippur

Daniel Reisel

Dan is a research associate at the Institute for Women's Health at UCL, where he conducts research and teaches at the medical school. He is the co-ordinator of the newly-established BRCA Protect Research Clinic, that seeks to expand the range of choices for women (and men) with the BRCA genetic mutation.

Sat 11:30: Anatomy of the Kaddish
Mon 10:40: We need to talk about BRCA
Mon 12:10: We need to talk about BRCA (panel)
Mon 14:50: Recognition of Palestine - a Zionist cause?
Tue 16:20: How to have a Jewish wedding that expresses your values
Wed 14:50: How to be a Jewish heretic
Wed 22:15: Free will - dangerous idea or useful illusion?

David Reuben

A long-exiled Yorkshireman, David has been coming to Limmud for 20 years, and met his wife Samantha at an Ilford one-dayer in 2002. You might see, and will definitely hear, their children at Conference. When not shouting at or hiding from them, David plays football, bridge and backgammon.

Mon 14:50: Are we all yekkes now?

Mikhael Reuven

Mikhael is a second-year student at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Raised in London, he studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Cambridge and did movement work for LJY-Netzer before making aliyah. He is passionate about Jewish text, interactive learning, and goats.

Sun 14:50: Transformative texts
Tue 14:50: Should Jews be vegans? and other questions from Mishnah Berakhot
Wed 22:15: Why Mordechai didn't bow, and other puzzles from Megilat Esther

Danny Rich

The senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism, Danny was a pulpit rabbi. He serves as a justice of the peace and as a prison and hospital chaplain. His books include 'Zionism: Fair-mindedness on all sides', 'Israel Mattuck: The Inspirational Voice of Liberal Judaism' and a festschrift on the 90th birthday of Rabbi Harry Jacobi in 2015.

Tue 09:20: Leadership - principles or principals?
Wed 12:10: A peek over the prison wall
Thu 12:00: A Jewish perspective on mental health

Toni Rickenback

Toni is director of the UK Task Force, a coalition of 39 Jewish organisations that works to inform the British Jewish community of issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel and to facilitate partnerships to advance opportunities for Israel's Arab minority.

Mon 14:50: The wretched, the wicked, the weak - what are the worst portrayals of women in the Bible and can these readings be challenged?

Eric Robbins

Eric is the chief executive of Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia, USA, for children with serious illnesses and life challenges. He is a co-founder of Limmud Atlanta+SE, now serving on its board. He has been chosen by Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s most influential nonprofit leaders.

Wed 12:10: Limmud and Shabbat

Marcus Roberts

Marcus is the founder and director of JTrails.org.uk, promotes Jewish history, heritage trails and community heritage outreach, in England and Europe. JTrails is now the UK section of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage, supported by the Council of Europe.

Tue 10:40: The Jewish heritage of York
Tue 13:30: The Jewish heritage of Norwich

Yael Roberts

Yael is studying for a masters in printmaking at Camberwell College, and is lead educator at North Western Reform Synagogue. Before moving to London, she spent a year in Jerusalem studying Torah at the Pardes Institute.

Wed 14:50: Creative practice through a hasidic lens

Ella Rose

Ella was President of the Union of Jewish Students for 2014-2015 and now sits on the trustee board. In March 2015 she topped the Jewish News 25 under 25 list and also sits on the Board of Deputies for Bushey United Synagogue and the Board's International Division.

Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?

Melissa Rosenbaum

Melissa chairs Second Generation Network. She co-organised the Holocaust generations conference in January 2015, the second and third generation reception for the 75th kindertransport anniversary, and the second generation conference 'More Than a Change of Address'. She worked as a researcher in the UK for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Mon 14:50: Generation to generation - a discussion group (1 of 2)
Wed 19:35: Generation to generation - a discussion group (2 of 2)

Corinne Rosenberg

Corinne is an educator, facilitator and coach who has specialised in diversity and life transitions for 30 years. She has worked with corporations, schools and universities and is now focusing on the issues of the third age. An enthusiastic Limmudnik, she has presented on a variety of topics.

Tue 12:10: How can ageing be a good thing? Come along and wise-up (1 of 2)
Thu 12:00: How can ageing be a good thing? Come along and wise-up (2 of 2)

Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler

Michael is the Jewish chaplain at Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities. He studied in Israel, where he received smicha from Rabbis Brovender and Riskin. He was previously a congregational rabbi in South London for five years, where he discovered that he loved intra- and interfaith dialogues.

Tue 16:20: 'Transparent' and transgender issues in halacha
Wed 18:55: The book of Jonah and the migration crisis
Thu 12:00: Modern slavery

Shari Rosenman

Shari works in real estate, and has also worked as an attorney and an educator. She traveled to India and Washington DC lobbying on behalf of women’s, children’s, and LGBTI rights as an American Jewish World Service global justice fellow. She graduated from Smith College and Hastings law school. She founded LA Jewish Homeschoolers.

Mon 13:30: World awareness to self awareness - exploring diversity and discrimination through the lens of India

Shep Rosenman

Shep is an entertainment lawyer for talent, a songwriter, student and teacher about prayer, Bible, community-building and respectful conversation. He is one of the co-founders of LimmudLA and is on his fourth tour with the Limmud International steering group. He has just completed the 2014-2015 American Jewish World Service global justice fellowship.

Sat 11:30: 3 is a magic number - zimmun as a model for community building
Mon 13:30: World awareness to self awareness - exploring diversity and discrimination through the lens of India
Tue 10:40: Compiling the oral tradition of Limmud values and their practical implementation

Adam Rossano

Adam is regional director for global communities at Moishe House, where he supports, trains and coaches young adult Jewish community builders in eleven communities across five continents. He is an alumnus of Moishe House London and B'nai B'rith Youth Organisation, and has a BA in philosophy and Hebrew. He enjoys hummus, cycling and gardening.

Mon 20:50: The texts that inspire us
Wed 10:40: For God's lake - outdoor ramble and learn

Benedict Roth

Benedict is a popular Talmud teacher who studied Hebrew in Oxford and Talmud at Pardes. At Limmud, he presents ideas from the Talmud that are as relevant today as they were in the time of the rabbis, and will indeed allow students to reach their own conclusions about today’s issues.

Sun 18:55: An aliya for a woman in an Orthodox setting?
Mon 17:40: Relations with the other side - how to deal with people whose beliefs and behaviour we despise

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline is a spoken word poet, journalist, body empowerment advocate, and arts educator. She travels worldwide performing poetry, speaking, and facilitating workshops. Her work has appeared in The Forward, BuzzFeed, Narratively, and elsewhere. For more, visit: www.carolinerothstein.com.

Fri 17:40: Caroline Rothstein - a light In the darkness
Fri 22:15: Friday night tish at The Hearth
Mon 12:10: Jewish identity and body image - a writing and performance workshop
Tue 12:10: Spoken word activism - using poetry as a tool for social justice and change
Tue 13:30: Body empowerment - writing as a tool for healing and self-love
Wed 17:40: Caroline Rothstein: A Letter From My Judaism To My Body

Richard Rowlands

Richard was born in Leeds and now lives in Reading. As well as picking up a first class degree in event management, he has organised events across the UK and beyond, and has worked on Limmuds in the UK and abroad, including Conference. Richard is also amazingly good looking and single.

Fri 22:15: Board games for everyone

Danya Ruttenberg

Danya is the author of 'Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting' (2016), the Sami Rohr Prize-nominated 'Surprised By God', and other books. Newsweek named her as one of ten 'rabbis to watch'.

Mon 10:40: Nurture the wow - finding spirituality in the frustration, boredom, tears, poop, desperation, wonder, and radical amazement of parenting
Mon 14:50: The wretched, the wicked, the weak - what are the worst portrayals of women in the Bible and can these readings be challenged?
Tue 16:20: Mysticism and metaphor - on the possibilities and limits of God-language
Tue 17:40: 'Faithfully Feminist'
Wed 18:55: The passionate Torah - sex and Judaism

Eve Sacks

Eve lives in London with her husband Josh and three children Noa Ari and Zev, and works as a chartered accountant. Eve is a trustee of JOFA UK and she and Josh host the Hendon Partnership Minyan in their home. She is currently on the Suzi Bradfield women's educational leadership programme at LSJS.

Thu 09:30: Stories of starting a partnership minyan

Rehanah Sadiq

Mon 12:10: Faith and friendship in multi-faith Birmingham - a model for the world

Chaim Saiman

Chaim is a professor of law at Villanova University, where he teaches contracts, insurance, and Jewish law. He studied both at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne and the Gush before completing law school at Columbia, and serving as a fellow at Harvard. His book on halacha will be published by Princeton University Press.

Mon 18:55: Is halacha Jewish law? (And why that is a harder question than you might think.)
Tue 13:30: Halacha as aggadah, aggadah as halacha
Wed 13:30: [+]On the road to Jericho: the Talmud's walk between Christian ethics and American law (Beit Midrash)

Jeffrey Saks

Jeffrey, founder of ATID and WebYeshiva.org in Jerusalem, has authored and edited books on Jewish education, is associate editor of the journal 'Tradition', and series editor of the SY Agnon library at Toby Press. An expert on the Nobel laureate’s writing, he lectures at the Agnon House.

Mon 09:20: The rabbi and the scribe - between Rav Kook and SY Agnon
Mon 13:30: Agnon and the miracle of faith
Tue 09:20: Literature and spirituality - R Aharon Lichtenstein’s legacy
Wed 16:20: Agnon at the movies

Benjamin Salamon

Ben is the education coordinator for Tzedek. He spent three months in Ghana running Tzedek’s student volunteer programme and now delivers Tzedek workshops in schools, youth groups and university J-Socs on global development issues and the Jewish responsibility to get involved.

Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?
Thu 10:45: Judaism, refugees and borders - a case for action

Claire Samuel

Claire is one third of the co-chairs of Limmud Conference 2015. She agreed to join a panel just so she could have a bio ... she's always wanted one. It's been 10 years since Claire first attended Conference and she's honoured to have helped lead such a strong team through an historic site move year.

Fri 21:00: Christmas - should the Jewish community accommodate or dissociate?

Leonora Samuel

Leonora is trying to stay well-balanced while caring for a 12-year-old who loves dogs, and a puppy who loves chewing-gum. She is an adult educator and a graduate of the Susi Bradfield Women's Educator programme. She is interested in empowering people to take charge of their learning.

Fri 17:40: Talking with Torah?

Doreen Samuels

With an MA from the London School of Jewish Studies focusing on liturgy, she produced the chief rabbi's children's siddur. She is passionate about prayer - and about women. Now she and her colleagues are to publish a book of women's prayers. Heavily involved in Harrow Day Limmud, she is a committed Limmudnik and Jewish educator.

Sun 17:40: United we stand - can British Jews ever come together except by leaving God at the door?
Wed 17:40: Rewriting the prayerbook for women - is it necessary?

Marc Saperstein

After teaching for 29 years in American universities, Marc Saperstein relocated to London for a five-year term as principal of Leo Baeck College, where he currently serves as professor of Jewish history. The latest of his six books is 'Leadership and Conflict' (Littman Library, 2014).

Tue 12:10: Rabbinic leadership in the generation of the expulsion from Spain

Hannah Sassoon

Hannah is a spirited and playful educator. She believes that DIY Judaism is easier than it looks, and enjoys teaching the tools to practise Jewish rituals. She is one of the landscapers behind Grassroots Jews, and has studied at Yeshivat Hadar in New York, and at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem.

Sun 12:10: Learn to leyn workshop
Tue 20:50: If I were a rebbetzen, this would be my tisch.

Rob 'Sassy' Sassoon

Sassy (aka Rob Sassoon) is a long-standing Limmud volunteer, and is currently the organisation's representative on the Board of Deputies. A keen player, and national tournament director, of the card game bridge, in his spare time he works as a university admissions officer at King's College London.

Sun 23:50: Comedy improv
Mon 23:50: Midnight pub quiz
Tue 14:50: Bridge and kaluki

Nic Schlagman

Nic is the community projects manager at the West London Synagogue of British Jews. In this capacity he helps the community deliver social action and interfaith projects including monthly drop-ins for destitute asylum seekers and for refugees. He helped set up www.supportrefugees.org.uk

Wed 10:40: [+]A stranger in a strange land - what is our responsibility regarding the refugee crisis in Israel?

Amos Schonfield

Amos is the mazkir of Noam in his second year, and is deputy for Yachad. He also sits on the Jewish Leadership Council for all youth movements. Previously he studied international relations at Leeds University, where he ran Leeds Student Radio as a presenter, producer and DJ. His mother is very proud.

Sun 16:20: Introduction to the youth movement track
Sun 23:50: BYOB (bring your own beigels)
Mon 12:10: Zionist youth movements: how are they good for the community and what is their Zionism?
Mon 18:55: Mitzvot, minyanim and mandem - community in hip hop and Judaism, from the shtetl to the ghetto

Pamela Schuller

Pamela is an internationally known inclusion advocate and a stand-up comedian - probably because she sees the world from a different point of view: one where eye-level is four-foot-seven and barking without provocation is a completely normal and entertaining part of her day.

Fri 21:00: IMPROV! Who's event is this anyway?
Mon 16:20: 50 shades of awkward
Tue 13:30: [+]'Watch' (21 mins) / 'Next to Her' (90 mins) and discussions
Tue 18:55: What makes me tic

Ethan Schwartz

Ethan is Yachad’s digital campaigner, using online tools to galvanise British Jews in support of a two-state solution. Before joining Yachad, Ethan served as national director (mazkir) of Habonim Dror UK. He holds a BA in religion, philosophy and ethics from Kings College London.

Sun 17:40: Are two states feasible?
Mon 12:10: When is 'made in Israel' not made in Israel? The EU and West Bank labelling
Mon 18:55: Kids court in conflict

Jan Schwarz

Jan is associate professor of Yiddish studies at Lund University and the author of 'Imagining Lives and Survivors and Exiles'. Currently she is working on a research project, supported by the Swedish research council, about Yitskhok Bashevis. She is a pianist who loves to accompany Yiddish singers.

Sun 09:30: Survivors and exiles - Yiddish culture after the Holocaust
Sun 14:50: Isaac Bashevis Singer’s subversive storytelling

Vasiliki Scurfield

Vasiliki is the mother of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, the first UK volunteer to die fighting ISIS/Islamic State in Syria with the Kurdish forces of the YPG. Today she speaks about her son's experiences and motivations to the media, parliament and civil society.

Tue 18:55: My son fought so-called Islamic state

Kevin Sefton

A Limmud participant since 1997, Kevin is completing his three year term as chair of Limmud. By day he is an entrepreneur with multiple interests from education technology to a men’s shoe brand.

Mon 10:40: Antisemitism now - in conversation with John Mann MP
Mon 13:30: Worst. Session. Ever ... Limmud presenters reveal all.
Wed 16:20: Someone could get a masters if they wrote about Limmud

Isabella Segal

Isabella transitioned in May 2013. She is a partner in Nyman Libson Paul, Chartered Accountants where she heads up the forensic accounting division. She is a problem solver who is ready to embrace change. She understands the challenges that life - and running a business - can bring.

Tue 16:20: 'Transparent' and transgender issues in halacha
Tue 19:35: My Jewish transgender journey

Gregory Ser

Gregory is a Russian-born musician who has been living in the UK since 2007. In 2012, he gained a music technology and composition degree from the London College of Music. The following year, he became the musical director of the Tabouli choir at New North London Synagogue.

Mon 12:10: Limmud choir (1 of 3)
Mon 20:50: Limmud Voice Orchestra
Tue 13:30: Limmud choir (2 of 3)
Wed 12:10: Limmud choir (3 of 3)

Nathan Servi

Nathan has worked in Jewish informal education for 18 years. He has a BA in psychology and Jewish studies from Yeshiva University and a postgrad certificate in Jewish education from Kings College. Nathan manages Streetwise and is head of education for Maccabi GB. This year, he is volunteers co-chair for Limmud Conference.

Sun 20:50: Antisemitism education - what are we teaching your children?
Mon 19:35: What you NEED to know for your children's online safety!

Emma Sevitt

Emma is an experienced history and politics teacher who has lived and taught in Canada, the Netherlands and England. Her passion is to instil a curiosity in learning about prejudice so that it stops growing. Emma is a Limmudnik through and through.

Tue 17:40: Identity, citizenship and belonging: Facing History and Ourselves

Eli Shafritz

Eli is studying for a BA in War Studies and History at King's College London with a particular interest in Middle Eastern affairs both past and present. She is a youth leader in RSY-Netzer and a Yachad activist. Eli is also the events officer at King's College London's Israel Society.

Wed 16:20: Yachad youth - our experiences in the West Bank

Yael Shafritz

Yael is an activist in the LGBT community and a volunteer with Keshet UK. She has just finished a term as president of Sheffield University Students' Union, and volunteers with Jewdas, a group supporting radical voices for an alternative diaspora.

Sun 16:20: [+]'Oriented' (140 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 14:50: Keshet UK inclusivity and diversity training (1 of 2)
Tue 14:50: Keshet UK inclusivity and diversity training (2 of 2)
Wed 09:20: Texts that hurt us
Wed 13:30: Is Limmud biased?
Wed 19:35: A history of Jews in LGBT liberation movements
Thu 10:45: Judaism, refugees and borders - a case for action

Tayieba Shah

Tayieba is a community organiser with Barnet Housing Action, working for affordable, decent housing. She is a regular attendee of Jewish-Muslim text study sessions and is involved in building lasting Jewish/Muslim relationships, based on love and respect. She is a co-founder of COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims)

Mon 14:50: COJAM (Community of Jews and Muslims) - reaching across a divide

Robyn Shames

Robyn is a lawyer and social entrepreneur. She was the executive director of ICAR, the International Coalition for Agunah Rights, for over 11 years, and recently founded Refanah Healing Holidays, a non-profit that provides respites for cancer patients and their families through community giving

Mon 09:20: Orthodox feminism in Israel – an oxymoron?
Mon 19:35: The chained woman – are the chains loosening or tightening?
Tue 20:50: The rabbinical courts in Israel – breakdown or breakthrough?
Wed 12:10: Tzedakah for your soul

Michal Shamir

Michal is a founding member of Women Wage Peace, an inclusive, non-partisan, and growing movement of thousands of women advocating implementation of a non-violent, honourable and bilaterally or regionally acceptable political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is head of Sapir Art College, Sderot.

Sun 12:10: Andy Warhol and missiles – how do you teach art under missile attacks?
Mon 16:20: Women Wage Peace - a different approach to a policy change in Israel. Can we women do it?
Tue 09:20: Women wage peace – a rapidly growing grassroots movement – yes we can
Tue 17:40: Are the burdens on an IDF soldier too great?
Tue 20:50: How do schools in Israel transform children into soldiers in the conflict? A point of view of a mother of a son to be a soldier soon
Wed 22:15: From the Saatchi Gallery to Sderot Art Gallery – where can you see a better contemporary and relevant art?

Nina Shapiro-Perl

Nina, an award-winning director for 30 years, is filmmaker-in-residence at American University, where she leads the Community Voice Project. Her latest film, 'Through the Eye of the Needle', documents the story of Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. artandremembrance.org

Mon 17:40: Community voice project - presentation (1 of 2)
Tue 16:20: [+]'Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz' - telling the stories of the Shoah through film and art
Wed 17:40: Community voice project - discussion, skill-sharing (2 of 2)
Wed 22:15: Historical trauma and recovery of memory through personal storytelling

Idan Sharabi

Idan grew up in Bet Shemesh, studied in Yeshivat Maale-Gilboa, and served for three years in a classified hi-tech unit. He volunteered with Ethiopian immigrants and was a member of Maagalei Tzedek. Today he is the Jewish Agency's shaliach for UJIA in Manchester.

Wed 12:10: Can we live side by side? The story of Beit Shemesh
Wed 17:40: Two steps forward and one back – a Yemenite step for Israel

Guy Sharett

Guy teaches Hebrew in the streets of Tel Aviv. Following Semitic linguistics studies in Jerusalem, he started teaching Hebrew in the streets during the social justice demonstrations of 2011. He uses textual graffiti, lost pet ads and texts on manhole covers to teach language and culture.

Sun 22:15: The sacred and the profane - cursing drivers in Hebrew
Mon 14:50: Café Ivrit session
Tue 14:50: Streetwise Hebrew - learning language through graffiti and street art
Wed 10:40: Café Ivrit session
Wed 14:50: Streetwise Hebrew - Hebrew and Arabic in the Israeli public sphere

Marvin Shaw

Marvin has just produced his latest ground-breaking book and personal development programme 'Modern-Day Psalms - How to Connect with G-d in the 21st Century'. He always teaches Judaism and personal development with the passion required to bring out his clients' and students' unique potential.

Sun 16:20: Book launch! 'Modern-Day Psalms - How to Connect with G-d in the 21st Century'.
Tue 18:55: How psalms and poetry can heal a troubled soul

Natasha Shaw

Since graduating from the University of Nottingham in August 2014, Natasha has been a movement worker for RSY-Netzer where her focus is on hadracha (leadership) and Israel engagement.

Mon 12:10: Zionist youth movements: how are they good for the community and what is their Zionism?
Mon 20:50: ‘The only one?’ Has women's representation in the Jewish community moved on since the biblical era?
Wed 18:55: Glass half full, glass half empty - the place of women in Judaism today

Izhar Shay

A high-tech entrepreneur and a venture capital investor, Izhar is a member of the board of directors of ORT Israel, and has a weekly column in Globes financial newspaper. He is the founder of 'Start-Up Stadium', the largest online community for high-tech entrepreneurs in Israel, with over 35,000 members.

Wed 17:40: Start-up nation – innovation led by visionaries
Wed 22:15: Values or mathematics? - the role of 21st century education
Thu 12:00: If your heart is in your dreams

Colin Shindler

Colin is emeritus professor of Israel studies, and founder chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies. He's the author of nine books about Israel, the latest of which is 'The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron'. He was present at the very first Limmud in 1980 and is delighted to be back.

Sun 18:55: The rise of the Israeli right (1 of 3)
Mon 10:40: Is Israel's political system broken?
Mon 13:30: The rise of the Israeli right (2 of 3)
Mon 20:50: The rise of the Israeli right (3 of 3)
Tue 16:20: What do British Jews really think about Israel? (2 of 2)

Daniel Shine

Danny's sessions are a bit like marmite. You either love 'em or hate 'em. There's only one way to find out. Danny takes no responsibility for your feelings. People have been known to laugh and cry in his sessions. You will get the most out of the session if you participate.

Sat 14:45: Doing nothing
Mon 20:50: Death
Tue 23:50: God, etc
Wed 17:40: JNEB (Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses)

Reuven Shirazi

Reuven is an information security analyst who loves going on about Hebrew grammar and etymology.

Wed 12:10: Which is correct - Sephardic or Askhenazic pronunciation of Hebrew?

Anya Shire-Plumb

Chloe Spinks, Ben Millis, and Anya (who now lives in Boston USA), are all 17 year olds from London who have been going to Limmud together since they were young. They only started going to adult sessions a couple of years ago, and now older they feel ready to share their own opinions.

Sun 14:50: Dear adults - a teenager's thoughts on aliyah

Michael Shire

Michael is the chief academic officer and dean of the Shoolman Graduate School at Hebrew College in Boston. He is author of the Jewish Prophet, L'Chaim, MazalTov: The Jewish Wedding and the Illuminated Haggadah.

Mon 14:50: Modelling the 21st century beit midrash
Tue 10:40: Janucz Korczak - building a community of children

Julie Siddiqi

Julie is a mentor, consultant and activist with a focus on gender issues, Jewish-Muslim relations and social action. Involved in grass roots work spanning 20 years, she was the director of the Islamic Society of Britain from 2010-2014, is founding director of Sadaqa Day and co-chair of Nisa-Nashim

Tue 17:40: 'Faithfully Feminist'

Andrea Silberman

Andrea is an economist working for the HM Treasury. When she is not busy building economic models, she is passionate about Jewish learning, and enjoys hosting young adult Shabbat dinners at the Wimbledon Synagogue in South West London.

Mon 14:50: The kosher chicken index - how much does it cost to live Jewishly?

Judith Silver

Judith is a composer, teacher, choir leader and performer, working within and outside the Jewish community. She directs SOAS World Music Choir and North Watford Community Choir. Her Companion Voices groups began in 2014 and are growing fast. Judith's recordings and songbooks are widely available.

Tue 10:40: Judith Silver - snapshot 2015
Tue 14:50: Companion Voices - singing for the end of life, with Judith Silver

Lindsay Simmonds

Lindsay studied at Nishmat in Jerusalem, was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum and currently lectures at LSJS. She is a member of the Cambridge Co-Exist Leadership Programme which promotes respectful, deep and long-lasting friendship and collegiality between faith leaders in the UK.

Tue 17:40: 'Faithfully Feminist'

Emily Simon

Emily is a doctor with an interest in women's health, practising in Tottenham (north London), and in community gynaecology at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. She has recently graduated from the Jewish Leadership Gamechangers programme. She is involved with teaching women's health and sexuality in various community programmes.

Mon 12:10: Kosher contraception
Wed 13:30: Breast awareness - cancer in the community

Rebecca Simon

Rebecca is a marketing, communications and government relations specialist. Vice chair and former deputy director of Labour Friends of Israel, she is also founder of Labour Women in Business and sits on the Labour party's women's national development board.

Mon 13:30: The Jews and the left; reexamining the community's relationship with the Labour party
Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?

Raymond Simonson

Raymond is chief executive of JW3, London's Jewish community centre. He is a former executive director of Limmud, with over 20 years' experience in informal Jewish education, leadership development and community building. He holds degrees in Jewish history, applied anthropology and community and youth work.

Sun 17:40: United we stand - can British Jews ever come together except by leaving God at the door?
Mon 23:50: The rebbetzins' disco
Tue 16:20: JDOV talks (2 of 3)

Gary Sinyor

Gary has written, directed or produced nine feature films, including Leon the Pig Farmer, Stiff Upper Lips, The Bachelor, Retreat, and the improvised United We Fall. NotMoses is his first play and comes to the West End in March 2016. He is the creator of a TV comedy series, The Barnet Enquirer.

Sun 18:55: Playing G-d

Willem Smelik

Willem is a professor of Hebrew and Aramaic literature; chief editor of the journal Aramaic Studies; and president of the International Organisation for Targumic Studies. He has held fellowships from the Lady Davis Foundation, the Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Sun 10:50: Bilingual speech in Roman Palestine
Sun 17:40: Whoever renders a verse plainly is a liar

Chani Smith

Chani teaches reading and chanting Torah at Leo Baeck College. A former singer in an IDF band, she is also a flautist and a scholar of hasidism, and has a special interest in Israeli music. She is Hon Secretary of the UK Friends of the Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum.

Sun 18:55: Love of the land
Mon 12:10: Home - midrash and song
Mon 16:20: Tango under the Jewish stars - from Buenos Aires to the promised land
Tue 16:20: Or (light) – Naomi Shemer in midrash and song
Wed 12:10: Shabbat - midrash and song

Micah Smith

Micah is a playwright. Why not? His play, 'King David', had its first rehearsed reading at Limmud last year and was then performed at the 'We Believe in Israel' conference and at Alyth Synagogue. He has had other plays performed in fringe theatres in London and at the Lowry, Manchester.

Sun 18:55: Love of the land
Mon 18:55: People of the book
Wed 14:50: King David - a film of a play
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is a spiritual activist, and recently published her memoir, 'Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living'. In Jerusalem she teaches Jewish spirituality at the Conservative Yeshiva, as well as online. She also provides private spiritual guidance for authentic living.

Sat 16:00: The spiritual practice of mindful eating
Sun 14:50: Transformative texts
Mon 12:10: The spiritual journey to authentic living (1 of 3)
Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Tue 12:10: The spiritual journey to authentic living (2 of 3)
Tue 18:55: Readings from 'Forty years in the wilderness - my journey to authentic living'
Wed 16:20: The spiritual journey to authentic living (3 of 3)

Naomi Soetendorp

Social worker and practice educator. Co-founder of Wandering Jews and Grassroots Jews. Creative writing teacher and Equity registered tarot reader. Doctoral researcher in social work at Sussex University. Naomi is exploring ways in which the things we do contribute to the people we are.

Tue 12:10: 'Finding Mike' (42 mins) and discussion
Wed 16:20: People who work with people (are the luckiest people in the world ...)

Mor Sofer

Mor grew up in Bet Ezra, a moshav in southern Israel, and was a member of the Young Journalists Organisation. He served as a reporter on the IDF's magazine 'Bamahane', and was the digital and creative director in an advertising company focusing on soldiers. Today he is the Jewish Agency's shaliach to FZY in Manchester.

Tue 17:40: Are the burdens on an IDF soldier too great?
Wed 12:10: When IDF soldiers became media stars

Norman Solomon

Born in Cardiff. His first career was as an Orthodox rabbi; his second as an interfaith consultant, his third as a university lecturer; and his fourth career is retirement. His books include 'The Talmud' (Penguin Classics); 'Very Short Introduction to Judaism' and 'Torah from Heaven'.

Tue 10:40: The frog and the ladybird

Penelope Solomon

Penelope is a comedian, actor, writer who created and co-wrote 'Tower of Bagel' (Soho Theatre). Performing credits include ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ (BBC), ‘Fist of Fun’ (BBC), Sony nominated ‘King of the Road’ and 'Redeeming Brian' by David Nobbs (BBC Radio 2). She is a TV critic for BBC London 94.9

Sun 20:50: Penelope Solomon - 'I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall'

Shira Solomons

Community director at the Jewish Community of Berkshire (Reading), Shira organises the heder, community events and Judaism talks at schools. She is passionate about practical spirituality, and Jewish education that enables children, women and men to expand their intellectual and spiritual horizons.

Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?
Mon 10:40: A dip in the dark
Tue 08:00: Prayerobics - get up and go the Jewish way
Wed 12:10: Jewish origami for big people
Wed 13:30: Keep that dirty old king away from me! Decoding the Song of Songs.

Zvi Solomons

Founder, with his wife Shira, of the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB), Zvi is the only Orthodox rabbi in the region, based in Reading. Besides communal duties, they run synagogue services, speak to schoolchildren about Judaism, and are developing teaching tools for religious education.Zvi also writes.

Fri 21:00: Spiritual learning - the Scotch method
Sat 14:45: If God loves me why does it seem like God is out to get me. What is the real meaning of a blessing?
Sun 18:55: Can we speak of 'the Abrahamic faiths'?
Mon 09:20: Are you ready for life?
Tue 13:30: Broiges schmoiges! As long as they love each other.
Tue 22:15: JewQuote - on Jews

Allison Sommer

Allison is a journalist and social media editor at Haaretz. Originally from the US, she has lived in Israel for more than 20 years and has written for a number of publications, including the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, and the New Republic.

Mon 18:55: Israelis are from Venus, diaspora Jews are from Mars - when two planets collide
Tue 10:40: The international media and Israel - getting (or distorting) the story?
Tue 14:50: The Promised Podcast - live from Limmud!
Wed 19:35: Tweeting towards Zion - how the internet and social media have transformed Jewish and Israeli life

Jenny Spektor

Born in Soviet Odessa in late 1980s, Jenny wasn't very aware of her Jewish roots until her teenage years. 15 years later she is a community professional in the Migdal Jewish Community Center in Odessa, which opened a Jewish world to her. Living now in Israel, she is still working on sustaining Jewish life in Odessa.

Sun 17:40: Jewish community in war time. Working with refugees.
Mon 16:20: Jewish community centre in Odessa - Migdal; from yesterday, for tomorrow
Wed 09:20: Jewish life in Odessa - 1991-2016 - 25 years of Jewish revival

Chloe Spinks

Chlo is a teenager from North London. Whilst not studying for her A levels, she is heavily involved with her synagogue (Finchley Reform Synagogue) and youth movement (LJY Netzer). Last summer she went on Israel tour with LJY Netzer and has formed a new and more educated view on Israel as a result.

Sun 14:50: Dear adults - a teenager's thoughts on aliyah

Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan is a Middle East analyst and journalist, whose work focuses on Syria, Israel and Lebanon.

Mon 09:20: An overview of the current strategic situation in the Middle East
Tue 12:10: Israel and its neighbours
Wed 09:20: Israel and the Middle East
Wed 19:35: The war in Syria and Iraq

Yoni Stadlen

Yoni founded the first and only Jewish farm-to-table overnight Jewish summer camp, Eden Village, in 2008. He has a masters degree in informal Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Little known fact: Yoni spent three and a half months living aloft in ancient and endangered redwood trees, that were slated to be cut down.

Sun 19:35: Avodat lev - sing your heart out!
Mon 14:50: How to be the BEST educator EVER!!
Tue 22:15: What's Jewish about a moose?

Benji Stanley

Benji is rabbi for young adults at Reform Judaism. He is especially involved in nurturing informal communities around empowering Torah, such as the Open Talmud Project (grassroots, cross denominational) the Chabura (Shabbat learning and lunch) and Takum (issues of justice and responsibility).

Fri 17:40: The worst wedding band ever, and joy vs pleasure.
Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?
Sun 12:10: Words worth hearing - 'Before the Law', by Franz Kafka (1 of 3)
Mon 13:30: What do you propose we do to address your most urgent concern about Israel?
Mon 20:50: The texts that inspire us
Tue 20:50: Credit where it’s Jew - a Jewish take on the philosophy of interests
Wed 14:50: Life, death and a vibrant new-old Judaism.
Wed 16:20: Love of the other
Thu 10:45: Judaism, refugees and borders - a case for action

Devora Steinmetz

Devora is on the faculty of the Drisha Institute. She is the founder of Beit Rabban, a day school profiled in Daniel Pekarsky’s 'Vision at Work', consults for the Mandel Foundation, and works at Gould Farm, a therapeutic community for individuals struggling with mental illness.

Sat 20:15: Promises, promises - a talmudic exploration of obligations imposed and assumed
Mon 14:50: Prayer, compassion, and surprise - talmudic stories and religious imagination: Choni and his grandchildren (1 of 3)
Tue 14:50: Prayer, compassion, and surprise - talmudic stories and religious imagination: to pray or not to pray (2 of 3)
Wed 14:50: Prayer, compassion, and surprise - talmudic stories and religious imagination: why rain comes from above (3 of 3)
Thu 10:45: The one-eyed pilgrim - talmudic reflections on seeing and not seeing

Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Kaya is the founder and director of RIMON, a collaborative spiritual community, offering classes in Jewish mysticism, interfaith programmes, contemplative services and a community-wide hevra kadisha. Recognised by The Forward as one of America’s most inspiring rabbis of 2015.

Sun 14:50: Feng shui of the mishkan
Mon 12:10: Haftarah as sacred theatre (1 of 2)
Tue 16:20: Haftarah as sacred theatre (2 of 2)

David-Yehuda Stern

David-Yehuda is the Head of Youth at New London Synagogue. He has a degree in film and television studies and has attended long term Jewish studies programmes in England, Israel and America. He is the founder of the online magazine Cartoon Kippah and presenter of the NEW Jewish Podcast.

Fri 21:00: Christmas - should the Jewish community accommodate or dissociate?
Sat 14:45: Forgiving the unforgiveable
Sun 13:30: Is Porky Pig Jewish?

Helen Stone

Helen is an English teacher who, for the past four years, has been presenting to schools and student teachers her late mother’s experience of escaping the Holocaust. A multimedia format has been professionally developed for this purpose. Helen is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue.

Tue 09:20: Keeping the memory alive

Maurice Stone

Maurice is chairman of the Israeli Dance Institute and works for UJIA. He has been teaching dance for many years at Limmud in the UK, Russia and Ukraine. He believes that Israeli dance is a fundamental educational tool, promoting Jewish identity and a connection with Israel. So let’s dance!

Sun 17:40: Tayelet
Mon 10:40: How to teach Israeli dancing (1 of 2)
Mon 18:55: Strictly partner dances
Mon 22:15: Israeli dance party
Tue 14:50: Providing a kad shemen for Jewish life - dance as food for the soul
Tue 16:20: How to teach Israeli dancing (2 of 2)
Tue 17:40: Tayelet
Wed 16:20: Kulam rokdim yachad - let's all dance together!
Wed 18:55: Israeli dance party

Robert Stone

A historian and political economist with a professional involvement in conflict and post-conflict situations, Robert Stone has a personal fascination with inter-faith and inter-ethnic relations in the medieval Mediterranean. He is a member of Finchley Reform and Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogues.

Mon 14:50: Jews, Muslims and Christians a thousand years ago

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy is principal of Australia’s Bialik College, having previously been principal of JCoSS, in the UK. Both schools are cross-communal, non-denominational Jewish schools. A history and philosophy teacher by training and temperament, and an MBA graduate, Jeremy has a tolerant wife and two wonderful kids.

Sun 16:20: Who Owns Torah? Why common ownership is how it used to be
Wed 12:10: Liar liar, tuches on fire – when is it ok for Jews to lie?

Joanna May Sutton-Klein

Joanna is a medical student at the University of Sheffield, although she's currently taking a year out to study epidemiology at UCL. She writes monthly columns for student British Medical Journal, and enjoys campaigning for various social justice causes.

Tue 14:50: The Refugee 'crisis' in context

Joseph Symons-Smyth

Joseph is a veteran Limmudnik and living proof that you don't need a working brain to enjoy participating at Limmud.

Fri 17:40: Yah Echsof
Sun 10:50: Judaism - sci-fi or fantasy?

Ilai Szpiezak

Ilai is the dance development manager for the Israeli Dance Institute. From Argentina, he has been in the UK for almost five years and teaches children, youth and adults, as well as creating stage choreographies and producing theatre shows.

Sun 17:40: Tayelet
Mon 10:40: How to teach Israeli dancing (1 of 2)
Mon 16:20: Flash dance
Mon 18:55: Strictly partner dances
Mon 22:15: Israeli dance party
Tue 16:20: How to teach Israeli dancing (2 of 2)
Tue 17:40: Tayelet
Tue 20:50: Eretz Yisrael Yafa - the rhythms of Israel
Wed 16:20: Kulam rokdim yachad - let's all dance together!
Wed 18:55: Israeli dance party

Elana Sztokman

Elana Maryles Sztokman holds a PhD, is founding director of The Center for Jewish Feminism, and is an award-winning author and educator. An expert in gender inclusion in the Jewish world, she writes, speaks and consults around the world. She blogs at A Jewish Feminist www.jewfem.com.

Sun 16:20: Rabbis who abuse
Sun 17:40: Has Israel become a theocracy? Halakah too far.
Mon 18:55: A revolution of dolphins - women transforming Orthodoxy
Tue 10:40: Empowering religious girls in school
Tue 16:20: Like a thousand paper cuts - the impact of non-contact sexual abuse
Wed 13:30: [+]'Look at us now, Mother' (86 mins) and panel discussion.
Wed 17:40: JNEB (Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses)

Jacob Sztokman

Jacob is the founding director of Gabriel Project Mumbai, a Jewish grassroots development initiative in the slums and rural villages of India, caring for vulnerable children. GPM provides nutrition, health, hygiene, literacy, women's empowerment and impactful Jewish volunteerism to under-served children.

Tue 13:30: Why Jewish service for children in the slums of India?

Smadar Taff

Before her role as shlichah to the Redbridge community, Smadar worked in the Jewish Agency for five years in the fields of government relations, aliyah and security. She holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy, political science and economics (PPE), and a master's degree in public policy.

Sun 17:40: Disputes within the family - Israel and Israelis abroad

Adina Tal

Adina was born in Switzerland, moved to Israel, worked in the theatre as a writer and director. She founded the world's only deaf-blind theatre company, the Nalaga'at ('Do touch'). The centre opens its doors in Jaffo Tel Aviv. In 2014 she decided to move on, developing new models and sharing her story.

Mon 13:30: [+]The incredible journey of Nalaga'at's deaf-blind theatre ensemble
Mon 22:15: Every wall has a door
Tue 12:10: Is sustainable cultural social enterprise possible?
Wed 10:40: Making the difference an advantage - theatre workshop
Wed 16:20: JDOV talks (3 of 3)

Tantz

Over the past few years, Leeds based klezmer bohemians, Tantz, have taken the UK world/roots music scene apart with their full on musical attack on audiences across the length and breadth of this nation. 'Prepare to dance until it nearly does you in' (Alan Raw - BBC Radio Leeds).

Wed 22:15: Klezmer performance

Ramon Tasat

Born in Buenos Aires, Ramón Tasat is a chazan singing in numerous languages and has performed throughout the world. President and founder of Shalshelet (The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music - shalshelet.org) and music director of Kolot HaLev (kolothalev.org). His own website is at ramontasat.com.

Sun 16:20: New music for the new month
Sun 17:40: Jewish music of Arab lands
Mon 16:20: Tango under the Jewish stars - from Buenos Aires to the promised land
Tue 10:40: A guide to a livelier seder
Wed 17:40: Shalshelet makes a difference

Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

Lindsey studied archaeology at Cambridge and the Hebrew University. She is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, and edits and translates books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She's finishing a PhD at UCL on the religious lives of Jewish women in contemporary London.

Sun 17:40: Visions of the divine - seeing God in the Bible (1 of 4)
Mon 16:20: Faith without fear - unresolved issues in modern orthodoxy
Mon 17:40: Visions of the divine - Isaiah's vision in Rashi's eyes (2 of 4)
Tue 17:40: Visions of the divine - Isaiah's vision in Rashi's eyes (3 of 4)
Wed 16:20: Visions of the divine - mystical explorations (4 of 4)
Wed 18:55: Glass half full, glass half empty - the place of women in Judaism today

Penina Taylor

Motivational speaker, author of two books, yeshiva and seminary lecturer and social entrepreneur, Penina’s warm and dynamic style always inspires and enlightens. Her personal story is a tale of divine providence, spirituality and a search for truth which has inspired thousands of Jews worldwide.

Sat 14:45: If God loves me why does it seem like God is out to get me. What is the real meaning of a blessing?
Sat 20:15: The dilemma of the double-edged sword
Mon 13:30: Counter-missionary crash course (1 of 2)
Tue 13:30: Counter-missionary crash course (2 of 2)
Wed 17:40: Coming full circle - a Jewish woman's journey through Christianity and back

Sophie Teff

Sophie currently teaches Year 5 and is part of the senior leadership team at Clore Shalom School. She's also involved with The Together Plan, a charity helping to rebuild the Jewish community in Belarus. She has visited Belarus four times as part of the Youth4Youth team, putting together summer camps for children.

Tue 18:55: Young adults finding their Jewish lives through social action in Belarus

Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia is author of two books on Der Spiegel's bestseller list, and the number one Israeli bestseller Catch the Jew! He's a journalist, dramatist, founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. He studied English literature, has MFA in playwriting, BS in mathematics, computer science, rabbinical studies, journalism, acting, theater, finance.

Fri 21:00: Jewish theatre and Jewish politics
Sun 12:10: 'I Sleep in Hitler's Room'
Sun 13:30: [+]'The Flat' (97 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 22:15: America the beautiful
Tue 17:40: Catch the Jew!
Wed 17:40: JNEB (Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses)

Aryeh Tepper

Aryeh is the director of publications at the American Sephardi Federation, where he edits a magazine, The Sephardi Report. He teaches at Ben-Gurion University and at the Schechter Institute; his articles and essays have appeared in Commentary, Jewish Ideas Daily, Akdamot and Makor Rishon.

Sun 16:20: Should Israel be building more settlements?
Mon 22:15: Mizrahi music, piyyut and the search for Israeli identity
Tue 12:10: Israel and its neighbours
Wed 09:20: Music in the Bible - from the line of Cain to King David and the Levites
Wed 17:40: The 'Arab world' or a pluralistic Middle East?

Rossella Tercatin

Rossella is an Italian journalist. She is an editor at the Italian Jewish paper Pagine Ebraiche. Her articles have appeared in The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Chronicle, The Forward. Rossella holds a law degree, and is an alumna of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Tue 10:40: The international media and Israel - getting (or distorting) the story?
Tue 20:50: Spaghetti kashrut. The lives and deeds of Italian Jews.
Wed 16:20: The two banks of the Tiber. Pope Francis and the Roman Jews
Thu 09:30: Italy and Israel, a change of narrative

The Hearth

Charlie Kane and Rachel Rose Reid curate The Hearth (previously known as HaMakom), hosting sessions that nurture mindfulness, connection, and spiritual enquiry, in a warm and welcoming environment. The Hearth also hosts open space sessions, when you can stop by to use the space for some peace and quiet.

Fri 15:45: Songs and silence to welcome Shabbat
Fri 18:45: Open hearth
Fri 22:15: Friday night tish at The Hearth
Sat 08:30: Open hearth
Sat 10:00: Stretch and bless
Sat 17:00: Open hearth
Sat 22:45: Open hearth
Sun 10:50: Tales told to the magic carpet
Sun 12:10: Open hearth
Sun 13:30: Open hearth
Sun 14:50: Opening ritual - landing At Limmud
Sun 20:50: Open hearth
Mon 12:10: Open hearth
Mon 19:35: Open hearth
Tue 12:10: Open hearth
Tue 13:30: Open hearth
Wed 12:10: Open hearth
Wed 22:15: Space clearing and closing ritual

Leah Thorn

Leah is a spoken word poet, published through performance and award-winning film in the UK and the United States. She is a Winston Churchill travel fellow, Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence at the University of Kent and co-curator of the WOW Festival of Inspiring Women in Folkestone.

Mon 14:50: ’Watch’ - a workshop for people who have loved ones with dementia
Mon 17:40: Older Women Rock! A poetry workshop for women 55+
Tue 13:30: [+]'Watch' (21 mins) / 'Next to Her' (90 mins) and discussions
Wed 13:30: What does the F-word mean to you?
Wed 19:35: The art of listening - poetry and jazz

Luz Toff

Lifelong Limmudnik since a very young age, Luz is passionate about life. Currently a geography student at the University of Sussex, she is also education officer on the national council of the Union of Jewish Students, and secretary on her university Jewish Society committee. She enjoys bringing these facets of her life together.

Wed 12:10: EdJEWcation on campus - how should it be done?

Josh Traurig

Born and raised in Sydney, Josh has been heavily involved in the Jewish community, mainly through the youth movement Habonim Dror. He moved to the UK in order to work for Habo in Manchester. He's previously presented at Limmud Australia and is deeply interested in Judaism and Israel.

Wed 10:40: Judaism without halacha

Francis Treuherz

Francis has been in private and NHS practice since 1984. He is honorary secretary of the Society of Homeopaths, teaches, writes, and works on the Homeopathic Helpline. He sees patients in London and Letchworth. He is a member and shamash of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, London.

Sun 12:10: Much ado about nothing? Homeopathy in Jewish life

Anthony Tricot

Anthony is a consultant for Ernst and Young and a former government economist, where he helped run competition investigations, develop immigration policy and commission renewable energy projects. He's also the Sephardi community's youngest ever 'elder', and its representative on the Board of Deputies.

Mon 14:50: The kosher chicken index - how much does it cost to live Jewishly?

Louis Trup

Having started his DJ career aged 15, Louis has taken over the decks at all types of simcha, ranging from barmitzvahs to 48th birthdays parties, bringing much naches to his family. He now spends his time incorporating rabbinic teachings into house, garage and trap songs.

Mon 20:50: The texts that inspire us
Tue 22:15: Jewkbox episode 2 - broiges of the clones

Noru Tsalic

Noru served in the Israel Defense Forces as a regular soldier and reservist. Currently a management consultant, in his spare time he passionately engages in pro-Israel advocacy. Noru edits 'Politically-incorrect Politics' and also blogs in the Times of Israel. His articles have been published in English, French and Polish.

Sun 12:10: German bishops and Jewish pawns
Wed 14:50: Jewish criticism of Israel - legitimate or not?

Dennis M Tsum-Lomser

Dennis has doctorates in biblical paleontology from Palin University, Alaska, and in biogenetics from the Institute of Studies, where he was supervised by Henry Brubaker. He was recently appointed as the Cousteau professor of aquatic megatheriology at the University of Solihull.

Wed 22:15: Pendigo Lake - a surprising discovery

Victor Tunkel

Barrister and retired university law teacher. Lifelong involvement in Jewish musicology. Author of 'The Music of the Hebrew Bible'.

Sun 17:40: Decoding the Bible's music (or, what they didn't teach you for your bar/bat mitzvah) (1 of 4)
Mon 17:40: The haftarah - for Jews from the pews (2 of 4)
Tue 16:20: The three festivals' megillot - let's sing them! (3 of 4)
Wed 17:40: Still more Bible chants? (4 of 4)

Aron Turest-Swartz

In 2002, Aron started Freshlyground - the most successful multicultural band in post-apartheid South Africa. In 2010, he collaborated with ex-convict Larry-Joe, doing interactive workshops with over 100,000 school kids. He is currently deputy director of the United Jewish Campaign in Cape Town.

Mon 16:20: JDOV talks (1 of 3)
Wed 12:10: Tikkun olam, South African style (the good, the bad and the ugly) - idealistic dreamer meets post-apartheid reality
Wed 18:55: Somewhere over the rainbow - Jews and music around the world

Linda Turner

Mavar's director Linda has been a creative producer of arts education projects for the past 23 years. She founded Mavar three years ago, inspired by a Limmud talk, 'Secrets from the Shtetl'. The charity supports charedi men and women who are exploring options to study, live or work beyond that community.

Mon 16:20: Secrets from the shtetl

UK Jewish Film

UK Jewish Film showcases a wide range of films, representing stories of Jewish culture and life. Through the medium of film we aim to build greater understanding across communities, combat antisemitism and racism, and educate audiences across the UK about Jewish culture and heritage.

Sat 20:15: [+]'Nicky's Family' (96 mins)
Sat 22:45: [+]'Dough' (94 mins)
Sun 13:30: [+]'The Flat' (97 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 16:20: [+]'Transit' (93 mins) and panel discussion
Mon 19:35: [+]'The Kindergarten Teacher' (120 mins)
Tue 13:30: [+]'Watch' (21 mins) / 'Next to Her' (90 mins) and discussions
Tue 19:35: [+]'Orthodox' (93 mins)
Tue 22:15: [+]'Anywhere Else' (84 mins)
Wed 13:30: [+]'Look at us now, Mother' (86 mins) and panel discussion.

Clare Ungerson

Clare retired in 2004 from the University of Southampton as emeritus professor of social policy. She moved to Sandwich and turned herself into a historian. In 2014 her book ‘Four Thousand Lives: the rescue of German Jewish men to Britain, 1939’ (History Press) was published.

Mon 18:55: Four thousand Jewish lives - rescue from Germany in 1939

Marie Van der Zyl

Recently elected vice president of the Board of Deputies, Marie is a leading solicitor practicing in employment law, and a consultant in a leading West End law firm. She is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace, and is also on the Board of West London Synagogue.

Tue 09:20: Confronting antisemitic protests and discourse: Golders Green Together onwards

Kath Vardi

Kath is a fourth year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College in London. Judaism for Kath is all about the travelling, and it is the wish to walk alongside fellow explorers that has led her to pursue a path in the rabbinate.

Mon 10:40: God wrestling - a conversation in four parts (1 of 4)
Tue 13:30: God wrestling - a conversation in four parts (2 of 4)
Wed 09:20: God wrestling - a conversation in four parts (3 of 4)
Thu 12:00: God wrestling - a conversation in four parts (4 of 4)

Baruch (Barend) Velleman

Baruch joined his older children and grandchildren in Israel two years ago, and is director of the Freddie Krivine Foundation, Israel's tennis coexistence charity. He lives on the only Masorti kibbutz, is a Hebrew University graduate and an Israeli army officer who fought in Lebanon and helped found Peace Now.

Tue 18:55: Game, set and coexistence. It's a love game.

Ian Vellins

Ian Vellins is a retired lawyer and judge, and has MA degrees in law, Holocaust studies and modern history, from Oxford, Manchester and Leeds universities. He has taught the Melton Hebrew University courses, and is a regular presenter at Limmud, particularly on the Holocaust period.

Tue 10:40: Holocaust looted art - the real story of 'The Woman in Gold' (1 of 2)
Wed 16:20: Holocaust looted art - Klimt's Jewish women (2 of 2)

Richard Verber

Richard is World Jewish Relief’s campaigns and communications manager. In May he was elected senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, the youngest ever by 20 years. He spent four years working for the Union of Jewish Students, and was the co-chair of Limmud Conference 2013. He also supports Manchester United.

Mon 10:40: Ukraine and the Jews - after the media has gone
Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Mon 19:35: The Jewish community's response to the refugee crisis
Tue 14:50: Is Anglo-Jewry becoming more or less pro-Israel?
Wed 12:10: More donors or more activists - what should you choose?
Wed 18:55: Vodkas of eastern Europe

Sonja Vilicic

Sonia is a founder and executive director of Belgrade based NGO Haver Srbija, which introduces non-Jews to Jewish culture, history and tradition, as a step in confronting prejudice, misconception and discrimination. She co-leads the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe Matara youth leadership training programme.

Wed 14:50: Balancing skills and experience within Limmud teams

Rebecca Viney

Rebecca is excited to be one of the first cohort of New Israel Fund UK New Generation Young Activist Fellows. She spent a year living in Israel with the youth movement LJY-Netzer, and worked for Hillel in California. In her other life she is a policy advisor at the Department for Education.

Wed 10:40: [+]A stranger in a strange land - what is our responsibility regarding the refugee crisis in Israel?
Thu 12:00: To boldly go? - the next generation of UK-Israel activism

Daniel Vulkan

Daniel has been an actuary, social demographer and analyst. A regular Limmud volunteer, he is one of the co-chairs of this year's Limmud Conference programming team. His favourite Excel function is VLOOKUP().

Thu 09:30: Meet the programming chairs!

Adam Wagner

Adam is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law. In 2015, he set up the acclaimed RightsInfo (www.rightsinfo.org), which aims to make human rights accessible to the public. He appears regularly on BBC TV and radio.

Sun 13:30: Jews, Magna Carta and the Human Rights Act

Mikael Wahl

Mikael grew up in France and settled in Jerusalem. He has lectured and worked as an interpreter for over a decade. Consumed by a passion for history and archaeology, he recently qualified as an Israeli tour guide, and wonders why his clientele mainly comprises diplomats and film directors.

Tue 20:50: Rabbi and the catacomb

Manny Waks

After Manny publicly disclosed his personal experiences of child sexual abuse, he became a leading global figure in addressing this issue. He established Tzedek in Australia and is currently based in Israel working on a global initiative to address child sexual abuse in Jewish communities.

Sun 20:50: My personal journey
Mon 20:50: Code of Silence screening
Wed 10:40: Child sexual abuse in the Jewish community

David Walsh

International affairs Officer at the Board of Deputies, David is a fluent Turkish speaker, a Keshet UK volunteer, and has previously worked for BICOM and the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel.

Mon 13:30: My life as a Jewish woman officer in the British armed forces
Tue 09:20: What does devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland really mean for the Jewish community?

Lewis Warshauer

Lewis is a veteran Limmudnik. Based in New York, he teaches adult education seminars in Jewish studies. His special interest is the interpretation of Bible characters through their depiction in works of art. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Mon 22:15: Bible and Shakespeare - kings, villains, clowns

Josh Warshawsky

Josh was born in Chicago. He is the artist-in-residence at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and has just started at the Ziegler Rabbinical School. He has shared his original melodies with Jewish communities throughout the US and Canada, and his second CD was produced this past November.

Fri 21:00: You and me and a niggun makes three
Sat 18:00: Bedtime stories
Mon 17:40: Mah Rabu! A concert

Lee Wax

Lee is a rabbi, educator, and lifelong Jewish community professional. She now works full time for Jewish Women's Aid, where she runs national training and awareness raising about domestic violence and abuse in the Jewish community and beyond. She was very involved in Limmud's first ten years!

Mon 12:10: Domestic violence doesn't happen in the Jewish community!

Gabriel Webber

Gabriel has just retired as a youth movement worker for LJY-Netzer and now misses it a bit. He is currently working for Mitzvah Day, and in his spare time he alters the average age of the Board of Deputies.

Sun 10:50: Wish me success - creating God in our image

Gary Webber

Gary is a mediator and part-time district judge. He is also a long time Limmudnik.

Sun 20:50: What is your attitude to conflict?
Tue 17:40: Truth and justice

Naomi Webber

Naomi recently co-chaired Limmud in the Woods, and is excited to see how the event can develop. When not responding to Limmud emails, she is an LLM student at UCL.

Mon 19:35: Limmud in the Woods ... Limmud in the summer

Rebekka Wedell

Rebekka is a singer/composer/pianist, performing secular and liturgical Jewish music, instrumental and vocal compositions (acoustic and electronic). She explores themes of cultural memory and identity, and conditions of collision, disruption and fragmentation, reflecting her second generation background.

Wed 13:30: Anglo-Yiddish popular culture - Cockney-Yiddish music hall

Shoshana Weider

Shoshana is a geologist turned science writer. With a degree from Oxford University and a PhD in planetary science, she has a passion for all things space-related. After several years working on a NASA project in Washington DC, she is now enjoying living back home in London.

Fri 21:00: Chosen people, chosen planet? A Jewish search for E.T.
Sun 13:30: Lessons from space in tikkun olam

Chaim Weiner

Chaim is one of the leading Masorti rabbis in Europe. He founded and heads the European Masorti Bet Din and heads Masorti Europe, developing and supporting new communities. He is known for innovative work in Jewish education, and for his fascinating tours to destinations of Jewish interest around the world.

Sun 17:40: Almost famous rabbis - Rabeinu Tam (1 of 2)
Mon 12:10: Almost famous rabbis - the Rabad (Abraham b David of Posquieres) (2 of 2)
Thu 10:45: DIY Judaism

Hannah Weisfeld

Hannah is the director and a founder of Yachad, set up in May 2011 to build support in Anglo-Jewry for a political resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. She is a long-time presenter at Limmud.

Sun 16:20: Should Israel be building more settlements?
Mon 12:10: When is 'made in Israel' not made in Israel? The EU and West Bank labelling
Mon 14:50: Recognition of Palestine - a Zionist cause?
Tue 14:50: What do British Jews really think about Israel? (1 of 2)
Tue 16:20: What do British Jews really think about Israel? (2 of 2)

Arthur Weiss

Arthur spends his life finding hard-to-get information on behalf of clients researching markets and competitors. Much of his work involves in-depth and deep-web internet searches. On a personal level, he uses his skills to support Israel, and to expose anti-Israel lies posted on the web.

Sun 10:50: Defending Israel ‐ using the internet to find the truth behind anti‐Israel propaganda

Emma Weleminsky-Smith

Emma is a bogeret of RSY-Netzer and studied Theology at Cambridge University. She is currently teaching Religious Studies as part of the Teach First programme and is very talented at Scrabble.

Sat 20:15: JSwipe, hot or not for Jewish dating?

Judy Weleminsky

Judy is the founder of Pro Israel, Pro Palestinian, Pro Peace. She's a trustee of Jewish Renaissance, chair of the University of Roehampton Jewish Resource Centre, and of Wimbledon Synagogue Israel committee. Previously she was charity chief executive of NCVO, Community Matters, and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship

Mon 16:20: Getting gazeboed on the high street

Barbara Welford AKA Carmel

Barbara Carmel, aka Welford, has nearly 30 years' fundraising experience and an impressive record of raising funds for charities. Her business helps charities find new income streams and funding opportunities. She works with Jewish and non-Jewish causes, and is also a trustee of several charities.

Wed 09:20: From tzedakah box to crowdfunding – raising funds for your charity

Michael Whine

Michael Whine is Director, Government and International Affairs at the Community Security Trust. In 2012 he was appointed the UK member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance(ECRI), the human rights monitoring agency of the Council of Europe.

Tue 09:20: Confronting antisemitic protests and discourse: Golders Green Together onwards
Tue 17:40: The security of our Jewish community
Tue 19:35: What future for European Jews in the face of rising antisemitism?

Ray Wicksman

Ray is a seasoned Limmudnik but a first time presenter. He is very much into addressing the media bias on Israel, and especially direct outreach to people on the street. With good support it's easier than you might think.

Mon 16:20: Getting gazeboed on the high street

Atira Winchester

Atira is director of programming at the New Israel Fund. Until 2015 she was JW3's head of creative learning. She holds an MA in English literature from Hebrew University, spent eight years living in Jerusalem, and is passionate about poetry, Hebrew, and women who cause trouble.

Wed 10:40: Beyond 'The Dress of Fire' - three feminist Hebrew poems

Irene Wise

Artist Irene Wise is senior lecturer in media and culture at the University of Roehampton, Holocaust educator at the Imperial War Museum, and creative educator at the British Library. She has written and illustrated articles and books, and wrote and curated an iPad app on 'The Diary of Anne Frank'.

Sun 19:35: [+]Film and memory in the shadow of the Shoah
Mon 16:20: Survivor stories - memory and choice
Tue 10:40: Blood ties - the Jewish family in art and literature
Tue 16:20: [+]'Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz' - telling the stories of the Shoah through film and art
Wed 09:20: Witness and memory - art of the Holocaust

Jonathan Wittenberg

Jonathan loves his family, his Judaism, animals, plants and people (not necessarily in that order), interfaith work, literature, walking, gardening and the privilege of being a rabbi. He was born in Glasgow to parents from German Jewish rabbinic backgrounds; it all caught up with him and shaped his life.

Mon 13:30: What do you propose we do to address your most urgent concern about Israel?
Mon 17:40: What have we done? - a communal reflection on the 2015 Jerusalem Pride attack
Tue 10:40: A history of Judaism in seven favourite poems
Tue 18:55: Halleluyah Laudato Si
Wed 10:40: [+]A stranger in a strange land - what is our responsibility regarding the refugee crisis in Israel?
Wed 16:20: Love of the other

Joe Wolfson

Joe directs the OU's Jewish learning initiative on campus at New York University. He has degrees in political philosophy from Cambridge and UCL, and ordination from the Israeli chief rabbinate after studies at Gush. He has worked for Tzohar and taught worldwide in person and through his website.

Tue 09:20: Theological politics - Abraham Joshua Heschel and Yishayahu Leibowitz
Tue 12:10: Moses - the first 80 years
Wed 12:10: Suicide - a halachic history
Wed 16:20: Responding to crisis - two 1st century models for thinking about Zionism in the 21st century

Abigail Wood

Abigail Wood is head of the Department of Music at the University of Haifa, where she teaches courses on music spanning klezmer and Queen Latifah, pop music and politics in the Middle East. Her research focuses on contemporary Jewish music and the soundscapes of the old city of Jerusalem.

Sun 20:50: Music, identity and politics in Israel (1 of 4)
Mon 16:20: Music, identity and politics in Israel (2 of 4)
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Tue 16:20: Music, identity and politics in Israel (3 of 4)
Wed 13:30: Music, identity and politics in Israel (4 of 4)

Tamra Wright

Tamra is director of academic studies at the London School of Jewish Studies. She is the author of 'The Twilight of Jewish Philosophy: Emmanuel Levinas's Ethical Hermeneutics' and of articles on Jewish thought; and she is co-editor of 'Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks'.

Sun 16:20: Four great books of Jewish philosophy (1 of 4)
Sun 19:35: 70 years after the end of the Shoah, where does theology stand?
Mon 18:55: Four great books of Jewish philosophy (2 of 4)
Tue 17:40: Four great books of Jewish philosophy (3 of 4)
Wed 13:30: Four great books of Jewish philosophy (4 of 4)

Stanley Wulf

Stanley Wulf speaks about the difficulties we experience in managing conflict when talking about Israel. He presents 'The 3 No’s' - the three areas that most lead to conflict, and how to avoid them. He was chosen by his peers as one of the '100 Most Inspiring People in the Life-Sciences Industry'.

Fri 21:00: Managing conflict when talking about Israel – how to have constructive conversations
Sun 18:55: Managing conflict when talking about Israel – how to have constructive conversations
Tue 12:10: If not two states, then what? If not now, then when?

Michael Yalkut

Michael tries to avoid trouble by spending his days analysing Israeli companies. His teaching exploits have largely been in the friendly confines of a Talmud group and the 3am slot on Shavuot in a Tel Aviv synagogue. His experience at last year's Conference has encouraged him to throw his hat in the ring.

Sun 18:55: Gehazi - miscreant, misguided, or misunderstood?
Wed 09:20: Ask the rabbis - who wrote the Torah?

Iris Yaniv

Iris is a secular humanistic rabbi, with a PhD in education. Her research is about teaching Bible in Israeli high schools.

Sat 20:15: Secular humanistic Judaism

Jessica Yarkin

Jessica was raised British but made aliyah to America. She's the rabbi for community engagement at Herzl-Ner Tamid, a Conservative synagogue in Washington State, USA. She loves teaching, music, and googling things. When forced to go outside, she enjoys walking, and petting other people’s dogs.

Mon 22:15: Torah. And. Relative. Dimensions. In. Space.
Wed 17:40: Does God pray?!

YidLife Crisis

In summer 2014, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion set off to pay tribute to the Yiddish language, culture and comedic tradition they'd been reared on. Calling it 'YidLife Crisis', they hatched the world’s first Yiddish sitcom, exploring modern Jewish identity with a mix of comedy and inclusiveness.

Sun 20:50: YidLive! (Limmudnik nudniks in the fleish!)
Mon 14:50: Making your nebbish a little more webbish - a quickie guide to making video content for and in the Jewish community
Tue 20:50: What's Your YidLife Crisis? Understanding the Jewish identity crisis around the world.
Wed 16:20: JDOV talks (3 of 3)

Akiko Yonekawa

Aki is currently living in Jerusalem and studying in the Pardes experiential educators' programme. She is originally from Los Angeles, where she works in the Jewish camp and retreat world, using Jewish texts to make sense of the world, and everyday experiences to make sense of Jewish texts.

Fri 22:15: The stories we tell
Sat 14:45: Blessings Abound
Sat 21:30: Game-changing games

Andrea Zanardo

Born in Italy, lived in Israel, studied in London, trained in the USA. He is currently the rabbi of the largest synagogue in Sussex. Lives with his family in Brighton (Hove, actually).

Sun 14:50: Re-reading Vladimir Jabotinsky
Tue 17:40: Hasba-trolling exercises
Wed 10:40: Claiming back tachanun

Raphael Zarum

Dean of LSJS, rabbi (Montefiore Kollel), PhD (theoretical physics), MA (adult education), Jerusalem Fellow (Mandel Foundation). Trains rabbis, teachers and educators; finds new meanings in classic Jewish texts; gives museum tours. Married to a fine artist, proud dad of two daughters.

Sun 14:50: What's the worse sin you can do?
Mon 12:10: From Skyfall to Spectre - new Bond Midrash
Tue 10:40: What should the Jewish people, as a people, do next?
Tue 13:30: The best of the worst - Jewish arts and culture we love to hate
Tue 14:50: Lot's wife - what really happened?
Wed 17:40: Sourcing paradise - hunting the rivers of Eden
Thu 09:30: The fallacy of limitlessness

Joel Zisenwine

Received a PhD from the Hebrew University in 2010 (with a dissertation titled 'British Intelligence and Nazi Germany 1942-1945'). Since 2008, he's been director of the Deportation Database and Research Project at Yad Vashem. He's an adjunct lecturer at the department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University.

Mon 09:20: Righteous among the nations - definition and identity
Tue 13:30: Allied intelligence and the Holocaust - a reappraisal
Wed 12:10: Transports to extinction
Thu 10:45: The wireless war - radio broadcasts during World War II and the Holocaust

Husam Zomlot

Husam serves as ambassador at large for the Palestinian government, and adjunct professor of public policy at Birzeit University. He holds a PhD degree from the University of London and has held teaching and research positions at the University of London and at Harvard University.

Mon 17:40: Exploring the Palestinian strategy of internationalisation
Tue 20:50: Is the two-state solution dead?

David J. Zucker

David J. Zucker lives in Colorado, but is currently serving as interim rabbi at North West Surrey Synagogue. Widely published (www.DavidJZucker.org), his latest book (co-authored with Moshe Reiss)is 'The Matriarchs of Genesis: Seven Women, Five Views' (Wipf and Stock, 2015)

Mon 10:40: Postbiblical R&B - Reuben's rhythms and Bilhah's blues

Eliana Zur-Szpiro

Eliana works for The Judith Trust, which advocates, educates and lobbies on behalf of people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. She might be better known as the sister of Saul Zur-Szpiro, drummer for The Autistix, whose story partly inspired The Judith Trust's inclusion campaign

Mon 13:30: 'The way she sees, and the way he looks, it's a perfect match!' An exploration of relationships, sexuality and marriage within the Jewish learning disability community
Tue 12:10: 'Finding Mike' (42 mins) and discussion
Tue 14:50: Am I my brother’s keeper? The role of siblings within the lives of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and complex needs

Zusha

Zusha is Elisha Mlotek (percussion), Zecharyeh Goldschmiedt (guitar) and Shlomo Gaisin (lead vocals). Infectious melodies, three-part harmonies, all set to the rhythm of the heart, guide the hasidic trio in musical exploration. With G-d's help Zusha has been playing to sold-out audiences across the globe.

Fri 22:15: The Joy of Shabbos
Mon 20:50: Zusha concert
Tue 14:50: Kavana - eating with intention